Jordison’s family confirmed the news of his death on Tuesday (July 27). “We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep,” they said in a statement. Jordison’s cause of death has not been reported.
His family said they “will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.”
Jordison formed Slipknot in 1995 along with Shawn Crahan and Paul Gray, and he performed with the band through 2013, when it was announced that the group would be “parting ways” with him.
Before his departure, Slipknot earned three top 10s on the Billboard 200, including one No. 1 with All Hope Is Gone (Sept. 13, 2008), an album that also ruled the Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. With Jordison, Slipknot also had four top 10s on Mainstream Rock Airplay.
Jordison won a Grammy with Slipknot for best metal performance in 2005 for “Before I Forget,” which was one of seven Grammy nominations he received for his work with the band.
Watch Slipknot’s tribute to Jordison below.