Joey Jordison, Founding Member of Slipknot, Dead at 46

Slipknot founding member and original drummer Joey Jordison died Monday, according to a statement by his family to national entertainment media. He was 46.

Des Moines native Jordison and a group of friends from the area started the chart-topping metal band in 1995. Jordinson played with Slipknot for nearly two decades before his departure in 2013.

“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” Jordison’s family said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart, and his love for all things family and music. The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans, and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.”

The family will hold a private funeral service.

Joey Jordison was one of the founders of legendary Iowa band Slipknot.


A rep for his family told Rolling Stone that Jordison died peacefully in his sleep, but didn’t specify the cause of his death. The magazine reported he had developed transverse myelitis, a debilitating neurological disease.

Jordison was also the guitarist for horror punk band Murderdolls, and most recently played drums for metal band Vimic.

Slipknot is one of the most famous bands in the metal genre. They’ve sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2006.

The band returns to central Iowa in September with Knotfest Iowa 2021, a heavy metal festival in Indianola that also will star genre toppers Faith No More, Megadeth and a long list of other guests.

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