According to the Orange County Register, Avenged Sevenfold drummer "The Rev" was found dead in his home yesterday. Huntington Beach police say it appears The Rev died of natural causes. He was 28.
How does a 28 year-old "die of natural causes?" Old age is a natural cause. The last time I checked, 28 isn't old. The coroner's office is investigating the death and I'm certain that there will be an autopsy.
By the time I was done writing this up, the band had released an official statement via their website. Here it is:
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
I'm upset by this news. A7X is one of my favorite bands - everyone knows that - and this news came way out of left field.