Joey Jordison, masked of course, at a Slipknot appearance in May 2009
Photo: STEVE C. MITCHELL / EPA
The US musician Joey Jordison is dead. This was announced by his family in a statement from which numerous US media quoted.
According to this, Jordison died peacefully in his sleep on Monday.
He was 46 years old.
A cause of death is not mentioned in the declaration.
"Joey's death left us with empty hearts and indescribable grief," said his family's message.
He had a "gentle personality" and a "huge heart".
He loved everything to do with family and music.
Nathan Jonas Jordison was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in April 1975.
He played in several smaller bands before joining Slipknot in 1995.
The band was then still called Pale Ones and only renamed itself to Slipknot at Jordison's suggestion.
On the cover of the band's first demo album, “Mate.
Repeat. ”(1996), Jordison can be seen crouching naked in a cage.
Even then, the band members began to wear masks when performing.
In 1999 the debut album »Slipknot« was released, the band was now under contract with a record label.
The album was a success and was even surpassed by its successor »Iowa« (2001): It landed at number 1 on the British album charts.
Dismissed at Slipknot
In 2013 Slipknot announced that the band and Jordison would go their separate ways in the future due to "personal reasons".
Jordison himself said in 2014 that he did not get out voluntarily, but that he was completely unexpectedly dismissed via email.
He later announced that he had transverse myelitis, a nervous disease;
as a result, he was limited in his abilities as a musician.
After leaving Slipknot, Jordison founded the bands Scar the Martyr, Vimic and Sinsaenum.
Over the years he has performed with Metallica, Korn and Satyricon, among others.
Many colleagues reacted in shock to the news of his death.
System of a Down's Serj Tankian called Jordison a "great drummer and a fantastic guy."
Trivium frontman Matthew Heafy wrote: "Joey's contribution to music has changed the face of heavy music as we know it." The band Slipknot posted a black picture without words on their Twitter account.