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.

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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.
    legend shredder
    The Fallen v0 wrote: Asterix_13 wrote: He was an average drummer in a below average band Personally, I feel that Avenged Sevenfold started as a below average band, but doesn't every band. Throught the course of their career they have become what some might venture to call, iconic. Regardless, The Rev was not an average drummer. Average drummers can be replaced in seconds, and they will not be missed. Upon his death, a wave of sadness swept throught the hearts of Avenged Sevenfold fans everywhere. So now that he's gone, we can degrade him, stereotype him, hell we can even discredit his talents. But The Rev, was a truly talented individual, one only needed to listen to an A7X album or watch one of their documentaries to see that. He will be missed.
    +1 Love the new album. foREVer
    hobojoe48
    Charlie4 wrote: Musicians and drugs, what's new. No accident, he wanted to trip Hard and got more than he bargained for. RIP
    haha very true my friend. he will be missed but he screwed himself over
    hobojoe48
    hockeyfreak9456 wrote: 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.
    you just basically told the whole plotline of the book slash, with some details left out and some names changed. i dont condone drugs or support them, if people wanna F**K themselves up be my guest. both my parents are drug addicts so all i know is that i will never touch any of it
    M.P.A.Guitarist
    5MinutesAlone wrote: Its funny how every artist who dies nowadays becomes a 'legend' or 'one of the most talented artists in the world'....Gimme a break!
    He was a legend before his death..
    Asterix_13
    M.P.A.Guitarist wrote: 5MinutesAlone wrote: Its funny how every artist who dies nowadays becomes a 'legend' or 'one of the most talented artists in the world'....Gimme a break! He was a legend before his death..
    He was an average drummer in a below average band
    jrcsgtpeppers
    kattaway96 wrote: TheLukeMaxfield wrote: how can you accidently overdose? very carefully.
    xD that was great very sad story...
    The Fallen v0
    Asterix_13 wrote: He was an average drummer in a below average band
    Personally, I feel that Avenged Sevenfold started as a below average band, but doesn't every band. Throught the course of their career they have become what some might venture to call, iconic. Regardless, The Rev was not an average drummer. Average drummers can be replaced in seconds, and they will not be missed. Upon his death, a wave of sadness swept throught the hearts of Avenged Sevenfold fans everywhere. So now that he's gone, we can degrade him, stereotype him, hell we can even discredit his talents. But The Rev, was a truly talented individual, one only needed to listen to an A7X album or watch one of their documentaries to see that. He will be missed.
    im not mental
    Kameliasz wrote: come on, it was accidental.
    the drugs he was taken are all frequently abused analgesic drugs (oxycodone and oxymorphone are opioids, aka relatives of heroin, as well) and he was downing em with alcohol. come on, that is just asking for an overdose.
    s_shadows
    I don't care how he died, the point is he died. He was one hell of a drummer, as well as one hell of a guy. The Rev had a lot of talent, and was a more than capable drummer. The fans were heart broken to hear of his passing, and will miss him very much. He's irreplaceable.
    lolometer1
    it's a shame really so many people these days ruin their lives with drugs...i still admire his musical endeavours though
    megagage
    Someone needs to seriously take a look at all the deaths by these accidental overdoses and do something!
    gnfnrs
    lolometer1 wrote: it's a shame really so many people these days ruin their lives with drugs...i still admire his musical endeavours though
    People have been ruining there live with drugs for years it still is a shame and hard to understand why and he was an amazing drummer
    MetalIsForever!
    How can you accidentally overdose? By accidentally taking too much, i thought it was pretty self explanatory.
    SynesterSeX
    Well im not surprised. I knew from the start it was drugs. See what happens when you do drugs kiddos? R.I.P Jimmy -.-
    PinkFender_69
    *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.
    eternaldarkness
    dnt do drugs i knew it was related to drugs all along anyway when is it never not o well he will be missed rip REV!
    Dimefan69
    I always find it hard to feel bad once I find out people die from drugs, it's their fault for taking them, and they know the consequences.
    Abacus11
    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.
    DrakeTheOne
    SwingOnThis wrote: Yes, oh yes. The positive impact this band has had on kids is unfathomable. I love seeing male teenagers walk around the mall in skinny jeans and eyeliner. I love seeing kids wear their hats backwards again with a flat bill. I love seeing male teenagers with the bat wings tattooed below their naval peeking out from skinny jeans. I love seeing kids come out of my favorite tattoo parlor with meaningless sleeves and tattoos over razorblades on their wrists. RIP JIMMY AND LONG LIVE A7X
    A7X isn't he first band in it's genre. I listen to them and don't dress like that. That is like saying Grand Theft Auto tells kids to commit crimes.
    SwingOnThis
    Yes, oh yes. The positive impact this band has had on kids is unfathomable. I love seeing male teenagers walk around the mall in skinny jeans and eyeliner. I love seeing kids wear their hats backwards again with a flat bill. I love seeing male teenagers with the bat wings tattooed below their naval peeking out from skinny jeans. I love seeing kids come out of my favorite tattoo parlor with meaningless sleeves and tattoos over razorblades on their wrists. RIP JIMMY AND LONG LIVE A7X
    Adamtbh
    for everyone calling him selfish, I doubt he started drugs with the intention to become a strung out addict. I'm not defending his idea to start taking them, nor was I ever a fan of him. However drugs have a nasty way of taking over a person. ITT: naivety
    Randomrings
    \m/(-_\m/ wrote: Who's suprised? No one.
    you said it not me i agree but may he rest in peace, he was a phenomenal musician. everyone go listen to some pinkly smooth hehe
    CoolMcAwesome
    Lol, accidental? no one ODs on illegal narcs by accident! He knew he was taking them. I'm sure the defense "I tripped and the blow went up my nose" just wouldn't cut it.
    TheFishMan92
    CoolMcAwesome wrote: Lol, accidental? no one ODs on illegal narcs by accident! He knew he was taking them. I'm sure the defense "I tripped and the blow went up my nose" just wouldn't cut it.
    They weren't illegal; they were prescribed by a doctor.
    BwareDWare94
    peter0unger wrote: Mr.Feather wrote: After their new album comes out, A7X are gonna be screwed. The Rev wrote most of their stuff, and without him they're gonna go downhill. FAIL.. dude they recruited freaking Mike Portnoy to replace him!! Sure it might be different sounding, but to say it's gonna go downhill is absurd. the new drummer is not crappy by any means.
    The Rev may be with God, but Mike Portnoy is God when it comes to rock and metal drumming.
    seemeel
    metal_cobs wrote: Mike Portnoy is way too freaking good to be playing with a band whose guitarists are named "Synyster Gates" and "Zacky Vengeance" They are about as progressive as a can of soup
    +1. Dream Theater is a group of technically brilliant (well, I dunno about laBrie) musicians, who have been going string since 1985. Petrucci is brilliant, Myung is freakish, and Portnoy is better than both of them. A7X are nothing like Dream Theater, and I don't see this arrangement lasting very long before Portnoy gets sick of playing with children.
    rgman13
    To those saying people criticize drugs don't know what they're saying I have this to say, when i was 16/17 I was addicted to meth, then one day said enough is enough and from that day I never did illegal drugs again. Then at 26 during a divorce I became addicted to rx drugs and alcohol, quickly gave up the pills and now that I'm 29 haven't had a drink in about 2 years. All without rehab or intervention, I realized my life meant something, and I have no respect for those that don't realize theirs is too. This is not a sad death but a pathetic one and I feel sorry for his friends and family but not for his loss of life. If you live for drugs you die because of it, but at least you get to die for you convictions right? Get over it he's gone and if you are a fan you should be pissed not defending what he did because he cut short the music you're such a fan of.
    bassmetalguy
    this doesnt suprise me at all. as soon as i saw he was dead i knew it was drugs. shame though, just as i was getting into A7X there drummer had to die on us
    5MinutesAlone
    Its funny how every artist who dies nowadays becomes a 'legend' or 'one of the most talented artists in the world'....Gimme a break!
    Dawgs4Vick
    PRSfanatic wrote: 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 I mean the hard ones and the illegal ones, not the medical ones needed to save people's lives in medical conditions.
    Ya the majority of drugs he was taking were prescription drugs that some people need to fight their pain/medical condition. All of those except the alcohol he was consuming, which was most likely the catalyst of this accidental overdose. If he wasn't washing down his pills with alcohol he probably wouldn't be dead.
    rgman13 wrote: To those saying people criticize drugs don't know what they're saying I have this to say, when i was 16/17 I was addicted to meth, then one day said enough is enough and from that day I never did illegal drugs again. Then at 26 during a divorce I became addicted to rx drugs and alcohol, quickly gave up the pills and now that I'm 29 haven't had a drink in about 2 years. All without rehab or intervention, I realized my life meant something, and I have no respect for those that don't realize theirs is too. This is not a sad death but a pathetic one and I feel sorry for his friends and family but not for his loss of life. If you live for drugs you die because of it, but at least you get to die for you convictions right? Get over it he's gone and if you are a fan you should be pissed not defending what he did because he cut short the music you're such a fan of.
    While I respect your opinion because it is obviously a legitimate one from your experiences, some people can use drugs in a recreational manner and not become addicted and die. You don't know if he was addicted to those drugs or not. By all means his death could have been a complete accident, and he may not have been living for those drugs. Also his death isn't going to cut the music of Ax7 short and in fact with the addition of Portnoy they may actually be better now. Either way, calling his death pathetic is ignorant, RIP.
    Danta
    well i think you have to look at it like this... people saying pot isn't bad for you... wrong... no drugs are good for you... they are all bad. Some are just less bad than others.. Pot and LSD are both examples of drugs that have minimal side effect, infact it is impossible to overdose on LSD. I have alot of respect for the Rev's music, but when it comes to drugs i have no sympathy.. the lad who said something about being 21 and not taking any drug - self control etc etc... thats exactly waht it is self control. There is no real argument for that people... if you want to live as long as you possibly can, take the minimal amount of drugs you can, even pain killers etc, none of them are going to make you live longer. Might make you have a good time for a little while but none of it is going to be essentially good for you. and before you go rant about how dumb i am, i sm studying medicine so i know what i am talking about when it comes to drugs etc and accidental overdose... that just means he started taking hte drugs, was having a good time, and then while under the influence took a some more/bad mix and well that kills ya... all is meant by it is that it was not a deliberate act of suicide... ie he didn't intend to go out and kill himself that day. i just feel for all the band members because they would have been left with a wreck of a band without him... its a sad loss for the world and i hope lots of kids out there who admired the band will be able to learn from this that drugs are not good for you and you are not invincible. well thats my rant out of the way... bring on the flaming
    Dawgs4Vick
    wraith313 wrote: When did we reach a point when anybody who overdoses on abused drugs did it "on accident". When was the last time someone OD'd and just died from it. And it wasnt an accident. I mean, what, "oops, I accidentally did all that cocaine and heroin and my heart exploded. It was an accident though, so its all good."
    sorry for double post but all of these people that are saying, "how can you say OD's are accidental" are really naive and uneducated/inexperienced with drug abuse. It is blatantly obvious that people who OD are not trying to, DUH!!! Unless you are trying to commit suicide you would obviously never try to OD while taking drugs, so if you do, that would make it an accident
    guitarsftw
    OK, just to clear some things up for the confused people asking about "accidental overdose": An overdose is either a suicide attempt (or some twisted version of it) or it is accidental. An overdose doesn't just mean to get "really really really high", it means to take more than what would be needed to accomplish the task at hand (getting high, that is).
    SG Man Forever
    HH_Emo_666 wrote: I have no sympathy for drug overdoses and also drunk driving, or anythign that puts yourself and harms your own life.
    Then you have no sympathy for soldiers that die in wars I take it? They are willingly putting their lives at risk, are they not? Grow up.