Last night, the rock and metal worlds were heartbroken to learn that learn that Joey Jordison, founding drummer of Slipknot and player in bands including Murderdolls and Sinsaenum, had died at the age of 46.
Something that spoke to just how vital and active Jordison was to the worldwide metal scene was how many artists posted online about their collaborations with him and what he meant to them (Slipknot themselves simply blacked out all their social media accounts). But it’s the Instagram post by shock rocker Wednesday 13, who fronted Murderdolls alongside Jordison, that might gut fans the most.
On his Instagram, Wednesday posted an image of him and Joey from the Murderdolls days, with both artists looking especially goth and glam. His caption, though, is what got us choked up:
“Hard to write this…but so long to my brother Joey Jordison.
“You pulled me from the haystacks of NC and showed me the world. I learned everything from you. I’ll never forget our times together. The greatest Drummer ever -YOU changed the game.
“R.I.P. Joey Jordison”
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As of now, no cause of death has been revealed 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.
Words by Chris Krovatin