Corey Taylor Shares Unmasked Photo of Joey Jordison and Paul Gray Together

Last week, the metal world was shocked and horrified to learn that  Joey Jordison, founding drummer of Slipknot and member of bands including Murderdolls and Sinsaenum, had died at the age of 46. Slipknot responded to this awful news with various tributes — first, blacking out their social media account, and then later posting a tribute video and public statement to their YouTube. Now, frontman Corey Taylor has posted a picture online celebrating both Jordison and the band’s fallen bassist Paul Gray.

The photo, posted by Taylor on his social media accounts, shows Gray, Jordison, and Taylor hanging out together, most likely backstage at a venue by the looks of the plywood walls and overstuffed couch. The image features a ton of amazing details, from Joey’s Entombed shirt to Corey’s dyed hair (or wig?). It’s a touching homage to the real faces of these dudes, albeit kind of a goofy one.

Take a look:

“Our hearts go out to Joey’s family and loved ones at this time of tremendous loss. Joey Jordison’s art, talent, and spirit could not be contained or be held back,” wrote Slipknot in their public statement. “Joey’s impact on Slipknot, on our lives, and on the music that he loved, is incalculable. Without him there would be no us. We mourn his loss with the entire Slipknot family. We love you, Joey.”

Watch the video below:

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

On Wednesday evening, 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