Joey Jordison dead – Inside the ‘curse of Slipknot’ with tragic deaths, drug overdoses and horror knife fights

SLIPKNOT rocker Joey Jordison’s early death marks another tragic episode in the history of his hell-raising former band.

The drummer left the heavy metal group in 2013 after his diagnosis with transverse myelitis, a form of multiple sclerosis.


It comes after Paul Gray, the band's bassist, left millions of fans in mourning after he was found dead in a hotel room in 2010.

The musician, 38, had a mixture of fentanyl, Xanax and morphine in his system when he was found unresponsive.

Backing vocalist Shawn Crahan, known as “Clown”, lost his 22-year-old daughter Gabrielle Crahan after a "drug overdose" in 2019.

And the same year, fan Richard Valadez, 62, died at a Slipknot gig in Illinois shortly after he was hurt in a massive most pit.

He is one of three of the band’s followers to have passed away at shows – which were known to feature wild stunts.

Crahan, 51, almost lost his own life after diving headfirst into a bin filled with water during a festival and struggled to breathe for 35 seconds.

And Slipknot guitarist Mick Thompson, 47, was rushed to hospital with stab wounds after a wild knife fight with his brother in 2015.

Meanwhile, singer Corey Taylor, 47, has spoken of his drug abuse – and once said he was dumped in a bin while shirtless after a suspected drug overdose as a youngster.

US cops tried to link the band's music to a murder in 2003 carried out by two metal fans who told detectives of their love of Slipknot.

Tragic Terry Ray Taylor, 22, was found with more than 20 stab wounds in San Bernardino, California, after killers said they knifed him after listening to a Slipknot CD.

And Ross Robinson, who produced the band's breakout 2001 album Iowa, was confined to a wheelchair for much of the recording wheelchair after breaking his back in a dirt bike accident


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