Avenged Sevenfold drummer dies aged 28

Drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan passes away at home

Avenged Sevenfold member Jimmy Owen Sullivan has died, it has been announced.

The drummer, nicknamed The Rev, passed away yesterday (December 28) at his home in southern California, reportedly from natural causes.

Sullivan was 28.

The band posted the news of their bandmate's death on their website in the early hours of this morning (29), paying tribute to the drummer.

"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan," they wrote on Avengedsevenfold.com.

"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."

The Orange County Coroner's Office is now investigating the death.

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