Joey Jordison, the drummer, songwriter and founding member of legendary metal band Slipknot, has died aged just 46.

The band was founded by Jordison, percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray (who also sadly passed away in 2010) in 1995 in Des Moines, Iowa and quickly achieved chart success all over the globe. Slipknot were notorious for their intimidating mask and boiler suit outfits, intense stage performances and controversial lyrics but adopted a loyal legion of fans and are still releasing music to this day.

Jordison, who also formed Murderdolls, left Slipknot in 2013 and was regarded by many to be one of the best drummers of his generation. Live performances would often involve him having to be strapped to his seat so he could carry on drumming while his stage spun and tilted at a 90-degree angle.

A statement from his family said: “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.”

This sentiment has been widely shared throughout the metal music community with Slipknot and their lead singer Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan posting a single black square on Twitter to mark Jordison’s death.

Many other metal acts and people within in the music industry also paid tribute to Jordison, complimenting his musical ability but also his gracious personality.

Many fans have been remembering some of Jordison’s greatest moments, complimenting his drumming skills and overall changing their lives.

Many have also recalled when he stepped in for Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich at the 2004 Download festival and didn’t miss a beat.

Jordison also performed with the likes of Rob Zombie and Korn. In 2006 Slipknot also won a Grammy award for Best Metal Performance for their single ‘Before I Forget.’

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