Joey Jordison, Des Moines native and founding member of the band Slipknot, has died at the age of 46.
A representative for Jordison’s family told Rolling Stone that he died peacefully in his sleep. His family did not disclose a cause of death.
“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” a statement from Jordison’s family reads. “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.”
Jordison’s family plans to hold a private funeral service, according to Rolling Stone.
Jordison was the original drummer for the chart-topping heavy metal band Slipknot, which he co-founded in Des Moines in 1995. Jordison co-wrote many of Slipknot’s songs. He won one Grammy and was nominated for five more during his 18 years with the band. He departed Slipknot in 2013.
Variety reports he was apparently fired from the group and claimed he “did not quit.” Three years after his exit from Slipknot, Jordison revealed he had been suffering from a neurological disorder, transverse myelitis, which caused him to lose control of his legs.
Jordison also played guitar in the band Murderdolls and drums in Scar the Martyr and Sinsaenum.