James Owen Sullivan aka “The Rev”, drummer and backup vocalist for the Southern California metalcore band AVENGED SEVENFOLD, has been found dead at his home in Southern California.
Police say the 28-year-old Sullivan appears to have died of natural causes on Monday in Huntington Beach.
The Orange County coroner’s office is investigating the death.
Avenged Sevenfold formed in Huntington Beach in 1999 and won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. According to their MySpace page, the five-man metalcore band was working on their fifth album.
The band issued this statement on their site expressing their sadness:
“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.”
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TMD sends out our condolences to the band and all of The Rev’s family and friends.