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.