Avenged Sevenfold Drummer's Death Caused By 'Accidental Drug Overdose'

The death of Avenged Sevenfold member Jimmy Owen Sullivan was caused by an accidental drug overdose.

Avenged Sevenfold Drummer's Death Caused By 'Accidental Drug Overdose'
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The death of Avenged Sevenfold member Jimmy Owen Sullivan was caused by an accidental drug overdose. The drummer, nicknamed The Rev, passed away on December 28 2009 at his home in southern California at the age of 28. At first Sullivan's death was ruled as inconclusive, but now according to Rolling Stone, toxicology reports suggest he suffered "acute polydrug intoxication due to the combined effects of Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Diazepam/Nordiazepam and ethanol." Meanwhile, Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal revealed that Sullivan also had an enlarged heart, which was marked in the coroner's report as a "significant condition", and may have played a role in the drummer's death. "To all of us who loved Jimmy, the only thing relevant about December 28 is that is the night we lost, too soon, a son, brother, friend and one of the most talented artists in the world," the band's manager Larry Jacobson said about the ruling. "Every day, his parents and sisters, and his brothers in Avenged Sevenfold smile at the many memories they have of Jimmy and his fans around the world revel in the musical legacy he left them." Avenged Sevenfold decided to carry on as band following Sullivan's death, recruiting Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy to tour with the group this summer. Thanks for the report to Nme.com.

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    Rhyan_EG
    As soon as I read the news about his death I figured it was drugs. I'd bet that Paul Gray died over an overdose too.
    Roflpwn
    I have a hard time feeling sorry for him when i read this, its sad but thats the consequences of doing drugs.
    valdean
    Accidental drug overdose. Yeah I hate it when drugs just out of nowhere hop into my bloodstream and mess shit up.
    Nameless742
    Abacus11 wrote: it's a shame really so many people these days ruin their lives with drugs...i still admire his musical endeavours though how can you accidently overdose? Seriously? You obviously have no clue about how addiction works. By the time you get to the point where you need so much that it can kill you you've been in a scary place for a while. When you're physically addicted you need the drug just to feel normal and not be sick (or die detoxing). I'd like see how well you people who are judging would handle life when you have all the money you want and lots of free time. Any even slight emotional or mental troubles can lead to addiction. I'm not even a fan of Avenged Sevenfold but it's sad that he died so young and it's pathetic how judgemental ignorant people can be.
    Lol what's worse Working 40 hours a week to make pennies. or having all the time and money you'll ever need. Hmm. Anyway, It was pretty taken for granted as a drug overdose. I was actually more angry at the rev dieing than upset that he would do such a thing when he was such a talented musician, with lots of potential. Still, a shame, A7X remains my favourite band of all time. RIP The Rev. PS: All my workmates take drugs, and although even small amounts can have psychological effects, I wouldn't go to say they are as bad as some other legal activities people do.
    ewall09
    guitarsftw wrote: PinkFender_69 wrote: *Flameshield* While it's never nice for someone to die, although we now know why, I never understood why everyone acted like the best drummer in the world had died. To me he seemed like a run of the mill drummer for that genre. Well, too many, he was more than that. Everyone has a different perception of music and music affects everyone individually. Avenged Sevenfold, knowing the approximate age and size of their fanbase, probably have/had served as a safe haven for kids and have had a major positive impact on some of these kids' lives. So, to those kids, I can understand why he was considered the best drummer ever. And I say this as someone who doesn't care for the band. But remember, how "good" music is ultimately depends on how it makes you feel and IF it makes you feel. Technical a ability doesn't mean a thing in the end. Avenged Sevenfold have a massive amount of dedicated, passionate fans who have been reached and touched by the band's music in a positive manner. So while there is no "best" in music and how "good" something/someone is is completely subjective to the listener, it is not a mystery why The Rev's fans claimed him to be a great drummer.
    great answer. RIP Rev...you will be missed. kids, if youre gonna do drugs, at least stick to weed and salvia. none of that hardcore shit.
    hackahobo
    the_burning_one wrote: volcom_sk83r wrote: blakewaters23 wrote: wtf? yes drugs r bad but the best musicians all did them hendrix, vaughn,richards(and still going), beatles,brad nowell, even elvis did drugs. but drugs r part of rock culture you would be a fool not to admit it. Just smoking pot should be enough but these guys take to much. Even though all these guys r not my fav music there has to b some correlation between drugs and musical creativity. Or am i the only one who can say anything positive about drugs. Some people can handle it though and others cannot. so now you guys can bomb me with your a druggy comments but i still speak the truth. +100 this will be the last thing I post on here because after reading the comments, I've realized that most people on here are misinformed idiots or 15 year olds. Drugs aren't bad, the people that OD and die make them bad. If you do use, use it as an enhancer, don't get so f**ked up your in another world. If you arent creative enough to write good music without the use of drugs, you arent actually a good musician. Drugs are too music, as steroids are to sports.
    FAIL. Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, aka the people who laid the groundwork for EVERYTHING you listen to today, were at the very least partially influenced by drugs when they wrote their music. So, yea, the most influential music created that continues to withstand the test of time was written by drug users.
    Scourge441
    niejel wrote: drugs = not bad drug addiction = bad illegal drugs = way bad illegal drug addiction = suicidal
    What you mean is "hard drugs," not "illegal drugs." Weed is illegal in most places but certainly isn't that bad for you.
    monkeysee
    hackahobo wrote: FAIL. Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, aka the people who laid the groundwork for EVERYTHING you listen to today, were at the very least partially influenced by drugs when they wrote their music. So, yea, the most influential music created that continues to withstand the test of time was written by drug users.
    this is right, literally everything from around the 60's was written by musicians tripping out, and correct me if im wrong - the music made then inspired a revolution that still has strong roots in music today, albeit most modern music is dogshit. Im sure if lady gaga or something dropped some acid she would write a decent song.
    niejel
    drugs = not bad drug addiction = bad illegal drugs = way bad illegal drug addiction = suicidal
    jhart08
    not surprised, but still R.I.P the rev, you were one of the best and had a phenomenal sense of rhythm, no matter what these douche bags on here say...
    AdemaOnYourHead
    MegadethFan18 wrote: Vedicardi wrote: PinkFender_69 wrote: *Flameshield* While it's never nice for someone to die, although we now know why, I never understood why everyone acted like the best drummer in the world had died. To me he seemed like a run of the mill drummer for that genre. he was just run of the mill... He was better than both of you and no one would care if you died.
    Here's a tip, a sure clue that you have no real argument to make is resorting to personal jabs against the person.
    dementiacaptain
    well drugs arnt bad. you just have to maintain your use. I will say that it is hard when money doesnt restrict you. but still recreational drug use can be done but you have to regularly analyze the situation and say "am I a cooky, fruited up addict selling my mothers jewelry for perks yet?"
    travislausch
    Adamtbh wrote: for everyone calling him selfish, I doubt he started drugs with the intention to become a strung out addict.
    Then what intention did he have? I thought there was education against drug usage for a reason.
    violent.j.11
    rootbeer999 wrote: a drug overdose. big shocker there. I'm not a fan of aveneged sevenfold to say the least, but I don't wish death upon anyone unless they're a total over-the-top moron like adolf hitler or soulja boy.
    Godwin's Law, realized.
    Avedas
    Yeah, natural causes my ass. They should have said inconclusive in the first place or as soon as possible, at least. Still, though, sad times. RIP Rev.
    kthxbi
    VivaLaGeorge! wrote: rootbeer999 wrote: a drug overdose. big shocker there. I'm not a fan of aveneged sevenfold to say the least, but I don't wish death upon anyone unless they're a total over-the-top moron like adolf hitler or soulja boy. QFT +1 mate add anyone who mis-spells either their name or their songs to that list (Dizzie Rascal - Dirtee Disco, seriously)
    a) you spelt dizzee rascal wrong and b) if you ignore his newer stuff then i actually have a lot of respect for dizzee rascal. i dont like the music but he seems like a pretty intelligent bloke
    jkubed
    am i the only one that noticed they're a little late? im not even an a7x fan and ive known for a few months...
    knifeline98
    _Sleepwalker_ wrote: That's why if you're going to do drugs, just smoke marijuana. It has this awesome side effect of not killing you and is even better when mixed with alcohol.
    LOL well ive never done it, but all of the people that i know who have done it say they either shit their pants while throwing up, or one took over the other..but yes smoking too much marijuana will NOT kill you. but it will maim you.
    ¡VivaLaGeorge!
    rootbeer999 wrote: a drug overdose. big shocker there. I'm not a fan of aveneged sevenfold to say the least, but I don't wish death upon anyone unless they're a total over-the-top moron like adolf hitler or soulja boy.
    QFT +1 mate add anyone who mis-spells either their name or their songs to that list (Dizzie Rascal - Dirtee Disco, seriously)
    kthxbi
    travislausch wrote: Adamtbh wrote: for everyone calling him selfish, I doubt he started drugs with the intention to become a strung out addict. Then what intention did he have? I thought there was education against drug usage for a reason.
    yeah, largely political and tax reasons. what kills MOST junkies (read MOST) isnt the drugs themselves, its what theyre cut with and unsafe methods of taking the drugs, ie. dirty needles leading infections or catching cotton fever when theres a drought. sure theres some times like here where people die out of the sheer number of drugs taken but generally its not the actual drug which kills people, rather than what the dealers cut it with or what the junkies have to go thru to take it.
    roosterfx1
    Oroborous : Holy shit, it's already been half a year since that happened? Duuuuude, where is 2010 going?
    shit your right, thats just dawned on me...
    thewolflord
    guitarsftw wrote: PinkFender_69 wrote: *Flameshield* While it's never nice for someone to die, although we now know why, I never understood why everyone acted like the best drummer in the world had died. To me he seemed like a run of the mill drummer for that genre. Well, too many, he was more than that. Everyone has a different perception of music and music affects everyone individually. Avenged Sevenfold, knowing the approximate age and size of their fanbase, probably have/had served as a safe haven for kids and have had a major positive impact on some of these kids' lives. So, to those kids, I can understand why he was considered the best drummer ever. And I say this as someone who doesn't care for the band. But remember, how "good" music is ultimately depends on how it makes you feel and IF it makes you feel. Technical a ability doesn't mean a thing in the end. Avenged Sevenfold have a massive amount of dedicated, passionate fans who have been reached and touched by the band's music in a positive manner. So while there is no "best" in music and how "good" something/someone is is completely subjective to the listener, it is not a mystery why The Rev's fans claimed him to be a great drummer.
    +1
    Logan_B
    I really didnt want to finally know thats what it was. I knew from day one but nobody wants to hear that about someone as amazing as Jimmy was. Im sure we all thought he was smarter than that and its very upsetting that people have to die because of their mistakes. His death still makes me sad as A7X will never be the same. -Rest In Peace Jimmy we love you man
    rootbeer999
    a drug overdose. big shocker there. I'm not a fan of aveneged sevenfold to say the least, but I don't wish death upon anyone unless they're a total over-the-top moron like adolf hitler or soulja boy.
    b_flo
    Avenged Sevenfold were difficult to work with, as well as their crew....not being accommodating to the other bands, and their attitudes sucked. They headlined a festival where they pissed off the radio station hosting it. Since then, the station hasn't played any of their songs.
    Vedicardi
    PinkFender_69 wrote: *Flameshield* While it's never nice for someone to die, although we now know why, I never understood why everyone acted like the best drummer in the world had died. To me he seemed like a run of the mill drummer for that genre.
    he was just run of the mill...
    tangled
    I think its really stupid that they are going to continue as a band with Mike Portnoy. When a member of your band dies, an irreplaceable part of the band as a whole dies too. Sure Mike can learn all his parts and play them exactly alike but its not like when they write future material its going to be an A7x Album. Obviously they are just doing it cause they want to continue milking ax7 for all its worth but in my opinion its disrespectful and lame.
    kthxbi
    sonoflife wrote: if someone tells you that a stove-top is burning hot and advises you to not touch it, to avoid major damage, would you go plant your palm on it? Hell no. History repeats itself with these tragic stories. How many people have to die before we start realizing that drugs are BAD?
    if touching a stove top felt realy really really really good then yea i probably would touch it
    guitarshredder8
    fun fact... alcohol is the only drug whose withdrawal can cause death. But this is a terrible loss to music, and obviously his family, friends, and fans. RIP
    soadguitarfan
    365_days_gone wrote: 21 years old and Ive never once taken an illegal substance. How? Self-control. Everyone has a choice to do drugs or not.
    No credit goes to someone who "continually" refrains from doing something they've never even tried. It's not self control if you don't even know what you're controlling yourself from.
    hockeyfreak9456
    AtTheGates\m/ wrote: this is why drugs are illegal; stupid people who don't know how to do drugs responsibly
    Seriously, do drugs responsibly?? Do you even know what dependency is? Oh, that's right, you're just some kid, who probably just got started with drugs, and are up in all of the hype. Wait about five or six months of doing them and you'll see how much higher of a dose you'll need TO GET THAT SAME HIGH FEELING!! That's how people overdose, yes, i can see how The Rev died of a polydrug overdose (and in case you are completely illiterate and don't know what polydrug means, or too high to realize it, that means that you overdose by doing more than one drug), but that was his own problem, you know, getting involved in that many drugs. the problem with rockstars and metal stars these days is that they have so much money and don't know what to do with it, so they buy drugs. now back to your completely idiotic statement about doing drugs responsibly. addiction can make you do some crazy things, and like I said, in as little as 5 months of being addicted, you can become dependent on the substance, and need to take more in order for you to overcome the craving. so don't bullshit about doing drugs responsibly, you CANNOT, and I mean CANNOT, do drugs such as Oxycodone, Oxymorphone or any type of opiate because of their high chance of addiction. Drugs are some scary shit and you don't want to get involved in them.
    direngrey680
    soadguitarfan wrote: 365_days_gone wrote: 21 years old and Ive never once taken an illegal substance. How? Self-control. Everyone has a choice to do drugs or not. No credit goes to someone who "continually" refrains from doing something they've never even tried. It's not self control if you don't even know what you're controlling yourself from.
    The truth man. I understand that drugs are a choice but some people are so self-righteous about it. (but I've never had drugs and probably never will...stuff's too scary to mess with~!)
    kthxbi
    Tedward wrote: PRSfanatic wrote: I say death sentence for any drug dealers/producers, and an all out war on any factories or whatever it is they use to make them. No surprises here. Really? The people who make those make up one of the biggest industries in the world. Death to all of them? You'd be killing millions, plus millions who those drugs actually help. lrn2think 365_days_gone wrote: 21 years old and Ive never once taken an illegal substance. How? Self-control. Everyone has a choice to do drugs or not.
    urmm and also just wanted to throw in that its hardly self control if youve never done them. self control would be experiencing them and then never doing them again. what youre doing is just being sheltered generally now im not saying everyone should go out and do drugs but i hate it when people say 'yeah im really self controlled' when theyve actually just never tried the things
    PlayFreebirdNow
    strat0blaster wrote: We're celebrating a man who got wasted on sh*t like oxycodone, which he was mixing into a coctail, that he couldn't tell he was ODing? Really... Death is never wonderful, and condolences to his friends and family, but I'm not going to feel sorry for someone who trashed their body willingly. Keep your hand in the fire and eventually it'll burn. I'm about out of sympathy for people who pay for stupid decisions.
    I agree.
    strat0blaster
    We're celebrating a man who got wasted on sh*t like oxycodone, which he was mixing into a coctail, that he couldn't tell he was ODing? Really... Death is never wonderful, and condolences to his friends and family, but I'm not going to feel sorry for someone who trashed their body willingly. Keep your hand in the fire and eventually it'll burn. I'm about out of sympathy for people who pay for stupid decisions.
    Gonzoguitarist
    Hildesheimer wrote: volcom_sk83r wrote: I've realized that most people on here are misinformed idiots or 15 year olds. Drugs aren't bad, the people that OD and die make them bad. Says the dude born in 1992. Oh, the irony. And yeah, drugs are good unless you overdose. Sure, buddy. Sure.
    LMAO! Hypocrisy is funny. Win.
    PRSfanatic wrote: I say death sentence for any drug dealers/producers, and an all out war on any factories or whatever it is they use to make them.
    Wow, you are stupid. I usually don't get involved in online forums and the debates in them, but when I read this.... I mean, thats just sad. Not as sad as the death of The Rev though... RIP... My condolences to the family, band members, and friends....
    iwhackoffalot wrote: Don't do drugs.
    Not as much to the comment but your user name. You, my friend, are bold.
    AcdcTXfan
    Hildesheimer wrote: volcom_sk83r wrote: I've realized that most people on here are misinformed idiots or 15 year olds. Drugs aren't bad, the people that OD and die make them bad. Says the dude born in 1992. Oh, the irony. And yeah, drugs are good unless you overdose. Sure, buddy. Sure.
    Seriously, drug addicts are not bad people. It's the power of addiction. I saw avenged sevenfold a year ago. I got to meet them. They're some of the coolest guys I've ever seen. I like them whether they're addicts or not. IT IS THE DRUGS THAT ARE BAD VOLCOLM SKATER!
    kthxbi
    SynesterSeX wrote: Well im not surprised. I knew from the start it was drugs. See what happens when you do drugs kiddos? R.I.P Jimmy -.-
    not what happens when you do drugs. what happens when you cocktail industrial amounts of different depressants all at the same time rip
    direngrey680
    What a way to end your days, so drugged up you can't even notice the beautiful things in life. If anything, we should learn from this and live our lives to the fullest. RIP Jimmy
    efferus
    soadguitarfan wrote:No credit goes to someone who "continually" refrains from doing something they've never even tried. It's not self control if you don't even know what you're controlling yourself from.
    Luckily there's the people stupid enough to try it so that he doesn't have to.