Tuesday, December 29, 2009

RIP- Jimmy "The Reverend" Sullivan of Avenged Sevenfold Found Dead

Hey Everyone!
I know I'm supposed to be taking a break from this blog, but I couldn't resist posting this when I heard the news. Earlier today, CNN and Avenged Sevenfold's official website confirmed that 28 year old drummer, Jimmy "The Reverend" Sullivan, was found dead in his home.

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

 I'm in complete shock right now, it just seems that the year couldn't end without taking another young, promising life. I mean, we lost Michael JacksonBrittany Murphy, DJ AM, Patrick Swayze, and more, now this? It's insane. Never has the entertainment industry lost so many young artists in one year. Thats my opinion anyways. 

Avenged Sevenfold is a band I've liked since my early years of high school. Their music is amazing... very heavy, very passionate and very intricate. These guys are no three chord punk band. I saw them play here in London a few years back, and it was phenomenal. Every member brings a critical element of musicianship to this band, I dont know how they're going to go on without The Reverend... He also played in a side project called Pinkly Smooth, with A7X lead vocalist Matt Sanders (aka M.Shadows). The Rev's past indulgences in drug culture are not much of a secret. Songs like Afterlife, were written by the late drummer and reflect on his struggles. Jimmy is said to have been clean for quite some time now, and I'm really hoping that drugs have no part in his death. It would only make the news even more tragic to know that this could have been avoided...

As for Jimmy, he is survived by his wife Leana MacFadden. An investigation is underway as to the cause of his death. CNN has stated that he was simply found unresponsive at home. These are still early reports, I'm sure more news will follow soon. I'll definitely update when I hear more. Stay posted. And to all his fans, family, and friends... this is truly tragic and shocking. The world has truly lost yet another talented young member of the entertainment community. 

Rest In Peace, Jimmy... we'll miss you.
- Girl At The Rock Show

Song of the Day: Seize The Day by Avenged Sevenfold... Even though this song is about a lost lover, this song's message is so fitting of the loss. I'm sure it reflects how a lot of people are feeling in response to this news. The lyrics are almost haunting now... "Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost, It's empty and cold without you here, Too many people to ache over.... I see my vision burn, I feel my memories fade with time, But I'm too young to worry, A meoldy, A memory, Or just one picture..."


  1. I was so shocked to hear this as well. Its so sad, especially since A7X has been my favourite band for years. And I agree, each member really does bring a unique creativity to their sound. R.I.P. The Rev.

  2. Its true, he passed way too young. So sad. I remember seeing them play years ago... amazing. It just wont be the same without his signature drumming. No one can replace him. I wonder what they're going to do now... thanks for the comment! RIP Rev.

  3. damn :( i will miss him he was the best drummer and in the best band anyone could ever ask for in a rock band r.i.p. Jimmy "The Reverend" Sullivan :'(