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This sucks...but 28 yr olds...don't usually die of natural causes...something caused it.



LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The drummer with Avenged Sevenfold, a rising force in the heavy metal scene, died on Monday at his home in southern California, the group and authorities said.

James Owen Sullivan, nicknamed "The Rev," appeared to have died of natural causes, Huntington Beach police Lt. John Domingo told the Orange County Register. He was 28. The Orange County Coroner's Office is investigating, the paper said.

"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan," the band said on its Web site. "Jimmy was not only one of the world's best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother."

Avenged Sevenfold, which Sullivan co-founded in 1999, hit No. 4 on the U.S. pop album chart in 2007 with its most recent album, a self-titled release that went on to ship more than 500,000 copies, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

Sullivan contributed "A Little Piece of Heaven," a tongue-in-cheek, eight-minute paean to necrophilia and mass murder. The band shot an appropriately gruesome videoclip.

In recent years, Avenged Sevenfold tried to live down its reputation for debauchery. Sullivan, in particular, had raised eyebrows after a 2006 cover story in metal magazine Revolver described his penchant for cocaine and other drugs.

Inspired by such bands as Iron Maiden, Metallica and Guns N' Roses, the quintet built its musical reputation through heavy touring. It played Ozzy Osbourne's annual Ozzfest tour in 2006, and co-headlined a national trek with Buckcherry in 2008 and 2009. It recently announced plans to record a third studio album for Warner Music Group Corp.

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That's a damn shame, I think the Avenged material is actually some pretty good stuff, it was really good to see some young guys introducing harmonized guitars to a new generation of players. The rhythms set down by the rev were pretty awesome too. Mega bummer.....

Seriously though, how many stars do we see die in their late 20's to early 30's???????? Blame it on this me thinks..... http://www.saturnreturn.net/what_is.html.... i'm not into astrology, but the sheer fact it occurs so regularly does make u think!!!!

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That is a shame, Rev was a freakin' good drummer. Like, very creative.

RIP :(

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Heard about this last night and I still can't believe it !! Rev was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet and SUPER TALENTED !! One of my favorite drummers on the planet... This phuqing SUX !!! :x

RIP JIMMY !!! :cry:

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not a fan, but a life is a valuable thing.
this is terrible.

i can't believe though that he died from natural causes.

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Sean Pierce wrote:
i can't believe though that he died from natural causes.


Especially from a self-professed party animal.

We see stars die in their early 20's and 30's...because they have LOTS OF MONEY to abuse their bodies to beyond the breaking point....and they die.

End of story.

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I've heard it before

this is terrible news, he was really kickass on the drums

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Scott Coppersmith of MyFoxLA.com reports that an autopsy Tuesday on AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan was inconclusive as to the cause of the 28-year-old musician's death.

The Orange County coroner's office ordered "toxicology, microscopic and laboratory tests" to help determine why Sullivan died, according to Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Sheriff's-Coroner's office.

Sullivan was found dead at the Huntington Beach home on Monday (December 28). He was 28 years old.

"It appeared to be natural causes," said Lt. John Domingo of the Huntington Beach Police Department.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD manager Larry Jacobson remembered Sullivan as "somebody who just had a warmth and an easy smile and a laugh, and he was as smart as they come. You could sit and talk to him about anything."

When Sullivan's loved ones gathered Monday night to share memories of the drummer, the "mood ranged from deep and somber to smiles and laughs as they began to reminisce about the experiences everybody had with him," Jacobson said. "He was a loving son and a loving brother — like no one you'd ever seen, and talented beyond people's perception."

Jacobson added, "He was expressive. He'd tell you how he felt about you — you didn't wonder because he'd put his arm around you. He knew how to tell his friends he loved them."


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Xelatunes wrote:
"It appeared to be natural causes," said Lt. John Domingo of the Huntington Beach Police Department.

What, did the new life expectancy drop 50 years?
Or is that the standard answer for young people who die in the entertainment industry?

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28? That just ain't right!
What the hell did he do to himself? :( :x


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"natural causes" is a misnomer. The term is used to refer to any cause of death that isn't traumatic. In other words, if the body doesn't have a gunshot/stab wound and isn't decapitated, it can be called "natural causes". It does not rule out drug overdose, for example. That's why they can say it is due to "natural causes" before the toxicology results are available.

Nobody just drops dead for no reason (even if you're 100 years old). There is always an underlying cause (although not always determined).

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That makes sense Doc....Thanks.

Is his death NORMAL? No....probably had some help....but was natural in nature....some body part said NO MAS!

Rev was a self-professed coke user....even if he wasn't using at that moment...his heart had to be stressed from overuse....blam.

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Thanks for the clarification, Surge. :wink:


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As I always say: gotta be responsible for your actions.

Party animal, drug abuser and dead at 28...seems highly logical.

Even though, it surely sucks.

RIP.

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That's fucked up but at the same time so is doing coke. :?

RIP dude

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows has issued the following statement regarding the passing of the band's drummer, James "The Rev" Sullivan:

"I don't know how to start this or know where to begin.

"First, I would like to thank all the fans for their support through the passing of Jimmy. It has been comforting to see his fans, our fans, and everyone in general, give their support.

"Jimmy was my best friend, as he was best friends with many other people, including the members of AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He was hands down the greatest person I have ever known. I told him I loved him every day. He demanded your love and was never afraid to give it back.

"I have walked side by side with Jimmy, every day, for the last 18 years of my life. I have no memories before Jimmy, and it's going to be damn hard to move forward without him here. It still doesn't seem real. He was my best friend, songwriting partner, band mate, confidant, and most importantly, he was my brother.

"The crazy thing about Jimmy was that every day was a crazy story.

"We have told our favorite Jimmy stories for the last two weeks and never have we repeated ourselves. This guy was magical. The outpour of art from his soul was unlike the world has ever seen.

"Unless you spent a day with Jimmy, or 18 years, it's impossible to explain, so I'm not going to try.

"He inspired people in different ways. He wasn't just a drummer; he honestly didn't care so much for the technical side of drums, 'cause he could play anything he wanted. He was all about creating beautiful songs, original fills and hopefully touching people with his art and mind.

"He told all of us for years, including his parents, that he knew two things in life. He wanted to be a rock star, and that he wasn't going to live past 30 years old. He was right on both counts, but I know Jimmy, and if he knew how much pain this would cause for the ones he left behind, he would have done anything he could to stick around a little longer.

"Jimmy gave so much and in the end it was his time to go. All my reasons for wanting him to stay are selfish and I know he is in a better place than this, so in a way I'm joyful that my best friend is now at peace. He made it to the other side first and I can't wait to hang with him again.

"I have so much to say but can't find the words, so I will wait until time can allow me to find a way to express myself. As for the rest of us, it has become clear what we need to do. We had just finished writing a record with Jimmy.

"I can't promise what the future holds because right now it's too painful to think about, but we know we need to record and put out this record in honor of Jimmy, for Jimmy.

"He would call me every night to talk about songs and tell me 'this shit is gonna change the world.' I agreed with him. Unfortunately, I didn't know it would be on these terms.

"Please be patient with us for we cannot imagine how hard this is gonna be to get through; we just know we have to do it for his legacy. After that, who knows? But I know Jimmy will help us make that decision when the time comes.

"I love you, Jimmy, and I feel like the luckiest man in the world to have known you and spent 18 years of my life with you.

"Rest in peace, my friend."


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^^well said
This must be a really really tough thing to go through

finishing the record is the only option, otherwise it will mess with their heads forever

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The Rev was one of the GREAT drummers of the new generation. A true virtuoso IMO. Big shame.


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Refried Bean wrote:
The Rev was one of the GREAT drummers of the new generation. A true virtuoso IMO. Big shame.


agreed...


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Big news on A7X front:

A7X ENTERS STUDIO WITH MIKE PORTNOY

I want our fans to know that with Jimmy in our hearts, our journey to record has officially began. Jimmy helped leave this world an amazing gift and now it's our job to make sure to deliver that gift to our fans. We asked Jimmy's all time favorite drummer Mike Portnoy to record on behalf of him. Mike said it would be an honor and without question that’s what Jim would have wanted. Its comforting to us that someone like Mike, who is undoubtedly revered as one of the best drummers in the world, held such respect and adoration for the Rev's abilities. Even though it will never be the same without our brother by our side, his essence lives in our hearts and through the music he helped create. He was a legend before any of the success or any of that bullshit and we are fucking excited to lay this down for our fans, and especially for Jimmy.
-Avenged Sevenfold

Well, if anyone can fill Jimmy shoes, it would be this man!

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Yeah I had heard the Portnoy rumors but nothing was confirmed until this week... I can't wait to hear the new A7X with Portnoy on the skins!!!!

here's a tribute to The Rev...

http://vimeo.com/8777801



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