Avenged Sevenfold Drummer James Owen Sullivan Dead at 28

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 29, 2009 at 7:14 AM

Avenged Sevenfold guitar tabJames "The Rev" Sullivan, drummer for rising heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold, died on Monday at his home in southern California. He was 28. He appeared to have died of natural causes, though the Orange County Coroner's Office is investigating. The band offered the following statement at its web site.

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, which Sullivan co-founded in 1999, recently announced plans to record their third studio album for Warner Music Group. Their most recent effort, the 2007 self-titled disc, has attained gold status, according to the RIAA.

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