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Drug overdose killed heavy metal drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan, coroner finds

June 17, 2010 |  8:07 am
The Orange County Sheriff's Department's coroner's unit has listed an accidental drug overdose as the likely cause of death for heavy metal drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan.

The report declares that Sullivan died from the combined effects of four drugs: oxycodone, oxymorphone, diazepam/nordiazepam and ethanol. The report was released earlier this month.

Sullivan, of the band Avenged Sevenfold, was found dead at his Huntington Beach home Dec. 28, and the cause was initially unclear.

The report, obtained by the Huntington Beach Independent, also states that the Dec. 29 autopsy found that Sullivan's heart and liver were enlarged.

Sullivan, who also wrote and sang for Avenged Sevenfold, grew up in Huntington Beach.

-- Michael Miller, Huntington Beach Independent

Photo: Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. Credit: Associated Press

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