Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy Sullivan (aka The Rev) died on Monday at the age of 28, according to a statement posted on the band’s website. Jimmy Sullivan was an original founder of Avenged Sevenfold and affectionately known widely by his band moniker ‘The Rev’.

Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan

Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan

Sullivan was reportedly found dead in his home on Monday afternoon by emergency responders from the local fire department, according to Hunting Beach police Lt. John Domingo. Sullivan appears to have died of natural causes, but no further details have been released.

A statement posted on the Avenged Sevenfold website late Monday officially announced Sullivan’s death to fans and was signed by the band members under their band pseudonyms: M Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Johnny Christ.

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan,” the statement said. “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 your hearts. We love you.”

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