DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joey Jordison, the founding drummer of the band Slipknot, has died at the age of 46.
Jordison's family says he died peacefully in his sleep Monday. No cause was given.
Jordison was one of three men who began the influential heavy metal band in Iowa in 1995.
They gained fame through their epic and theatrical live shows, in which the band's nine members wore masks and generated a giant sound.
They gained international fame with their 1999 self-titled album and the 2001 follow-up, “Iowa.”
Jordison was dismissed from the group in 2013. He later said a neurological condition left him unable to play.
Slipknot and some of its current members recognized the passing of Jordison by simply tweeting solid black images.
— Slipknot (@slipknot) July 27, 2021
— M. Shawn Crahan (@MShawnCrahan) July 27, 2021
— SHRED DJENT REDEMPTION (@CoreyTaylorRock) July 27, 2021