Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Avenged Sevenfold drummer found dead in home
Details are still unfolding, but we have received word that Avenged Sevenfold drummer James Owen Sullivan, better known as "The Rev," was found dead in his Huntington Beach, California, home this morning. According to the OC Register, Sullivan's body was discovered by firefighters who were called to his house around 1 p.m. local time on Dec. 28. According to Huntington Beach police Lt. John Domingo commented that it appeared the 28-year-old drummer died of natural causes.
The remaining members of A7X have issued a statement, which reads:
"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. Jimmy was not only one of the world's best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jimmy's family and we hope that you will respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Jimmy you are forever in our hearts.
We love you.
M Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Johnny Christ"
The Rev, one of Avenged Sevenfold's three original members, had been with the band since their 1999 inception, playing on all their albums. His most recent studio work can be heard on 2007's self-titled effort.
Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of James Owen Sullivan.