Statement from Avenged Sevenfold 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/
Fans knew James Owen Sullivan better by his stage name, The Rev, or The Reverend Tholomew Plague.
Avenged Sevenfold formed in Huntington Beach in 1999. The Avenged Sevenfold won the Best New Artist award from the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. The five man metalcore band was working on their fifth album at the time of James Owen Sullivan’s passing.