Various news sources are reporting that Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, drummer for the metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold, was found dead in his Huntington Beach home yesterday. He was 28.
It's being reported that Sullivan appears to have died of natural causes, but the Orange County coroner's office is investigating the death.
His bandmates issued this short statement on the band's Web site yesterday afternoon:
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 band was preparing to enter the studio to record their 5th album, a follow up to 2007's self-titled album, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200.
We would also like to extend our condolences to Sullivan's friends, family and bandmates.
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