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Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy Sullivan dies at 28

Avenged Sevenfold's Jimmy Sullivan, dead at 28
Avenged Sevenfold's Jimmy Sullivan, dead at 28 (Image credit: Markus Cuff/Corbis)

Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan was found dead at his home in Huntington Beach, California, yesterday (28 December). He was 28.

Preliminary police reports indicate that Sullivan died of natural causes, but the Orange County Coroner's Office is investigating his death, and an autopsy is planned.

Sullivan helped found Avenged Sevenfold in 1999. The band paid tribute to their fallen drummer on their website:

"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."

Avenged Sevenfold, who reached Number Four on the Billboard Top 200 with their 2007 self-titled fourth album, have been in the process of recording a new record.

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.