Joey Jordison, founder of the renowned metal band Slipknot, has passed away. The news of his death was confirmed by his close family members via a statement provided to CNN.

The statement contained the news of the “prolific drummer, musician and artists” untimely passing.  He is said to have died peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 2021. The sudden death of Joey Jordison has left a profound sense of grief in the lives of his close ones, the statement said.

Slipknot, which came to be known as a widely esteemed musical entity was founded in Des Moines, Iowa, back in 1995. Not only did Joey Jordison play an integral role in the band, but was also one of the main founding members. From the time of its creation till 2013, Jordison had been the official drummer for the band.

The band got its breakthrough with a self-titled album nearly four years after its inception. From then on, Slipknot enjoyed heaps of success, including sales in millions and the creation of the Knotfest music festival in 2012.

Despite achieving several milestones through the leg of their journey, the band also became the subject of different controversies along the way. Most of the criticism was however directed at the violent lyrics in their songs.

In 2013, the news of Jordison and the band parting ways was rampant across social media. However, about three years after his departure, the musician told Metal Hammer that he was fired after being diagnosed with a rare disease of the nervous system.

Joey Jordison spoke of being hurt at the time, as the band had not called a meeting or an official conversation. Instead, the firing was done all through email. But, Jordison affirmed that he loved his fellow band members and was always open to joining them.

Metallica, one of the finest bands of all time, paid homage to Jordison on their official Facebook page. The tribute consisted of an old picture of him on stage, along with the caption “RIP Brother.” The family is set to have a private funeral service for Jordison.