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Drummer For Avenged Sevenfold Found Dead At California Home

James Owen Sullivan, the drummer for the Huntington Beach rock band Avenged Sevenfold, has been found dead at his home in Southern California.

The 28-year-old Sullivan, who went by the stage name The Rev, appears to have died of natural causes according to initial reports, however, the Orange County coroner's office is investigating the death.

Sullivan was discovered "unresponsive" in his Huntington Beach home at around 11 AM on Monday.

The 28-year-old Sullivan also performed as a backup vocalist for the group, which formed in 1999, and won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006.

"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan," the group says in a statement.

"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 five-man metalcore band was working on their fifth album.

December 29, 2009 |

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