Tributes have poured in for Slipknot’s founding drummer Joey Jordison after he died at the age of 46.
Joey, who was part of the group from their formation in 1995 until 2013, “passed away peacefully in his sleep”, his family say.
Many of his friends from iconic metal bands have taken to social media to pay heartfelt tributes to Joey who was one of Slipknot’s main songwriters.
Murderdolls front man Wednesday 13 shared a picture of him with Joey and wrote alongside it: “R.I.P. Joey Jordison I’ll never forget you. You changed my life forever.”
Dave Lombardo, frontman of US hardcore punk group Dead Cross and drummer for Slayer said: “I am shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Joey Jordison. An incredible musician and songwriter, gone way too soon. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who he touched with his talent. RIP Joey.”
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian shared a photo of himself with Joey and other musicians on Instagram.
Alonside the snap he wrote: “I’m so sorry to hear about Joey. Sending all my love to his family and friends.
“Joey was an incredible musician, songwriter and a great guy. I met Joey in Dec 1999 and had the privilege of getting to jam with him a few times over the years… Rest In Peace Joey and [late Slipknot bassist] Paul [Gray], love you guys.”
Herman Li, Dragonforce guitarist, said: “Rest in Peace to Joey Jordison. The world lost another incredibly talent musician.”
In a statement he 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.
“The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans, and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.”
Joey formed heavy metal band Slipknot in Iowa in 1995 along with percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray.
The drummer played with the band on their 1999 self-titled debut album, 2001’s Iowa, 2004’s Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and 2008’s All Hope Is Gone.
The drummer’s family have announced they plan to hold a private funeral service for him.