While many of metal’s brightest have celebrated Joey’s life in great detail, few if any have spoken about his cause of death, either due to not knowing or not wanting to discuss such matters publicly, at least yet. Now, the bassist from Joey’s death metal project Sinsaenum has revealed that he does know how the drummer died — but doesn’t think it’s for him to say.
As reported by Metal Injection, Sinsaenum bassist Frédéric Leclercq recently told YouTube channel Impact, “To me, he was more than a musician. To me, he was first and foremost a friend. So I lost a friend that was only 46-years-old, and it hurts. He was an amazing musician, not only on drums but also he wrote amazing songs. And we were lucky enough to play together. It was great.
“I created Sinsaenum. He contacted me. We were looking for a drummer. Everything just fell into place. He came up with the name [a combination of the words ‘sin’ and ‘insane’). The last shows he played were with us; that’s the last thing that he played.
“I have a column in a Japanese magazine called Young Guitar, and I was doing yesterday, typing, and I just remembered the last song that he played ever was [Sinsaenum’s] ‘My Swan Song,’ and I guess the title is… And that’s a song that he really loved. I remember he was just, like, ‘Yeah.’ He felt something about it. So it’s a little strange to think about it now. So I’ve been listening to the song again and again. I’m still processing the fact that he’s gone.”
However, when the topic turned to Joey’s cause of death, Frédéric was resolute: “That’s not my place to discuss. Of course I know. I’m just saying it’s not my position. The family asked for privacy at that time, and I respect that. It’s just very sad.”
Check out the full interview below: