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RIP - Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan of Avenged Sevenfold

By December 29, 2009

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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.

Photo courtesy of A7X


January 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm
(1) Cassandraa says:

RIP jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan ; the best for ever in my heart :’(

January 16, 2010 at 3:05 am
(2) Rachael, Dallas TX says:

Reverend, you are the most amazing person on the planet and I will forever love you. No amount of tears could express how sad this place is without you.

September 1, 2010 at 10:38 am
(3) missy says:

yu will be forever missed and never forgotten!no amount of words or tears could exsprese thee saddness i feel RIP REV

November 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(4) kade says:

the rev was more than just a drummer he was an inspiration to all! we love u jimmy, u will never be forgotten

January 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm
(5) rededes says:

f**king god needs drum lessen
why god he was so cool
ever in our heart :(

March 16, 2011 at 11:53 am
(6) dianna says:

r.i.p jimmy <3

April 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm
(7) Alicexo says:


Dude you’re never dead to me you’re still a legend living, youll be missed always by your loving fans of Avenged’
You were my drumming idol and i wanted to be as good as you one day, i’ll dedicate all my Avenged’ drum covers that i do,to you. RIP sleep tight xoxo.

December 3, 2012 at 11:21 pm
(8) cock monger says:

whats the big deal…he sucked anyway like this band lol

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