People Are Pissed at TMZ For Publishing Joey Jordison’s Ex-Girlfriend’s Emotional 911 Call

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Earlier this week, the metal world was shocked to learn that Joey Jordison, founding drummer of Slipknot and player in bands including Murderdolls and Sinsaenum, had died at the age of 46. Now, tabloid news site TMZ have posted audio from the emotional 911 call made by Jordison’s ex-girlfriend — and both Jordison’s fans and former bandmates aren’t happy.

The call, posted earlier today, apparently includes audio of a woman who is apparently Joey’s ex-girlfriend calling 911 in an emotional state, worried about the singer’s wellbeing after not hearing from him for some days.

In response, Frédéric Leclercq, Jordison’s former bandmate in the death metal project Sinsaenum and a former member of Dragonforce, wrote on Twitter, “I have not, and refuse to listen to this “Emotional 911 Call”. I encourage people to do the same and ignore it. Shame on you @TMZ. Why do you need to do this? is this gonna bring Joey back ? no. Is this gonna make anyone feel better? no. Shame on you.”

The topic has also caused an ongoing Twitter conversation with Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares. The musician has received several angry responses to people for having posted a link to the call in a tweet that has since been deleted:

No cause of death has been revealed thus far in Jordison’s case.

Last night, Jordison’s family confirmed the news, saying in a statement, “Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow. 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 and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.”

Jordison was one of the more recognizable and outspoken members of Slipknot. He played on the band’s 1999 debut, 2001’s Iowa, 2004’s Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, and 2008’s All Hope Is Gone. Many will also remember him as the guitarist for horror-metallers Murderdolls, as well as a member of bands Vimic and Sinsaenum.

Everyone at The Pit sends their heart out to Joey’s friends, family, fans and collaborators. More on this story as we know it.

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Words by Chris Krovatin