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Autopsy scheduled in death of Huntington Beach drummer James Owen Sullivan

James owen sullivan James Owen Sullivan, the drummer for the Huntington Beach rock band Avenged Sevenfold, died Monday, Orange County authorities said.

Sullivan, 28, of Huntington Beach, also performed as a backup vocalist for the group of trained multi-instrumental musicians with classical influences, which formed in 1999.

“The cause of death is still under investigation,” said Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal. “An autopsy has been scheduled.”

Sullivan was discovered "unresponsive" in his Huntington Beach home at 11 a.m., authorities said.

News of the musician's death prompted many messages of condolence on the band’s Internet fan sites.

The group, which blended melodic hard rock with the emotional drive of hard-core punk, was named Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. Sullivan was its hard-driving drum master.
"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan," read a statement on the group’s website late Monday night.

"Jimmy was not only one of the world’s best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother,” it said. “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."

-- Louis Sahagun

Photo: James Owen Sullivan. Credit: Associated Press

Comments () | Archives (94)

God Dammit!! James may you be in peace. Make some noise were ever you be.

Too young to die...

Jimmy was one of the kindest, most big-hearted human beings I ever got to know. His loss is felt.

At least he didn't make the 27 club. What a waste. Next time call me.


How sad..I had fun with Jimmy a few times at the El Torito on Goldenwest and he was truly a great guy.

Joe Zeason

Acute Perscription Drug Intoxication.

I love Avenge Sevenfold and Jimmy was an awesome drummer. He will be very missed.

he was the best drummer ever.Sorry for the loss not only for the band but also his family.

sincerely,Austin Tre Fox

He was a talented musician, and more importantly a good guy and a good friend. He will be missed. Condolences to all who knew and loved him.

You were my knight in shining armer, im going to miss you so much
you were the best and will always be the best.
all my thoughts are with his family and band mates :(

What a shame. Such an incredibly talented musician. Say Hi to Bonzo and Moon. Heaven must have one hell of a percussion section.

Never heard of them...but, by the looks of the deceased, it'll be drug related...

RIP Rev. You will be missed. I can't believe he died.

One of the reasons why I started playing drums was this guy. I will always remember the lessons be tought me and will carry on. I will miss James, may you now rest in peace.

such a loss....prayers go out to his loved ones...peace out Rev

Doesn't matter how he died, We all know he was one of the best drummers hands down. Great guy, wish I could have seen him this year. Only saw him once and now the question is will the band remain strong? Thoughts and prayers out to the family and band members. I hope this doesn't end the talent of the band.

RIP Jimmy

wow A7X just wont be the same wit out him he was to young to leave but we will all remember the JAMES "THE REV" SULLIVAN,may you rest in piece WE LOVE YOU JIMMY

I had the Pleasure of seeing Them Live... The Rev was an Amazing Drummer both on Album and on Stage... RIP Mister Sullivan, We'll Miss You...

I still can't beleive it. The REV is one of the best talents I have ever seen. From songwriting to drumming to singing, he was an inspiration to us all. I will miss you and you were too damn young to die. I pray that this is not related to drugs! Most of all I pray for you and your family.

Love ya REV RIP
PS say hi to dime for me!

why do the good always die young...

I always looked up to his talent he was the best drummer alive im going to miss him a lot. He will always be in my heart and never forgotten.

your son & I will miss you my beloved

Sad &ns heartbroken!!... Yhu were the BEST drummer ever!!..

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