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Accidental Overdose leads to the Death of Avenged Sevenfold Drummer

written by Ziad Hossain September 14, 2015

The Rev’s December ’09 death resulted from lethal combination of prescription drugs and alcohol.

Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan died at his own home in Huntington Beach,California on December 28,2009 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol,Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal told Rolling Stone.Toxicology reports indicate that Sullivan suffered “acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of Oxycodone,Oxymorphone,Diazepam/Nordiazepam and ethanol.”

Oxycodone is a painkiller that substitutes for Codeine,Oxymorphone is a painkiller similar to Morphine,Diazepam/Nordiazepam are anxiety medications and ethanol is the intoxicant in alcohol.Actor Heath Ledger similarly died from acute polydrug intoxication on January 22,2008.Sigal added that Sullivan also had cardiomegaly (an enlarged heart),which was marked in the coroner’s report as a “significant condition” that may have played a role in the drummer’s death.The Coroner’s Department conducted “five or six” different tests to verify the cause of death,Sigal added.

“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, a brother,friend and one of the most talented artists in the world,” the band’s manager Larry Jacobson tells Rolling Stone.”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.”

R.I.P Jimmy The “Rev” Sullivan 9/10/81-28/12/09

“As a drummer,Jimmy was just better than most people,”says Atreyu drummer Brandon Saller whose band also emerged from the Orange County scene.”He had a true talent and he went about things in such a skewed way technically that he didn’t sound like anybody else.”He always wanted everyone to have a good time,”Saller says.”He didn’t live in a world where you could be sad or bummed out.He didn’t let that part of life exist for him.He always brought out hte good in everything and was always laughing and joking.”

After grieving for their bandmate,Avenged Sevenfold hired one of Sullivan’s favorite drummers,Dream Theatre’s Mike Portnoy,to play on Nightmare.Portnoy will tour with Avenged Sevenfold on the Rockstar Energy Uproar festival,which launches August 17th in Minneapolis,Minnesota and runs through October 4th in Madison,Wisconsin.


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