Joey Jordison, Slipknot’s founding drummer and a cowriter of many of the band’s biggest songs, died on Monday at age 46. A family representative says that he died peacefully in his sleep, though they did not name a specific cause of death.

A statement from Jordison’s family reads, “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.”

Jordison began playing with a group of metal enthusiasts in Des Moines, IA, under the name the Pale Ones, when they changed their name to Slipknot in 1995. The band eventually became a staple in the nu-metal explosion that followed, their 1999, self-titled, debut ultimately going double-platinum.

Jordison stayed with Slipknot until he left the band in 2013 for “personal reasons,” and a few years later, he revealed he exited the band because of a neurological disease.

“I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis; I lost my legs. I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym, and I got myself back in fucking therapy, to fucking beat this shit,” he said to the audience at the 2016 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards , via NME.

He began to rededicate himself to music with a new band, Vimic, and Jordison is also known as the guitarist in the horror-punk group the Murderdolls, drummer for alt-metal group Scar the Martyr, and extreme-metal group Sinsaenum. He was in Modifidous and the Have Nots prior to his time in Slipknot.

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