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Huntington Beach rock drummer James Owen Sullivan reported dead

December 28, 2009 | 10:54 pm

James Owen Sullivan, the drummer for the band Avenged Sevenfold, died today, according to a statement on the band's official website.

Sullivan, 28, also performed as a backup vocalist for the band, which formed in Huntington Beach in 1999.

"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 tonight. "Jimmy was not only one of the world's best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother. 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."

The group won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006.

-- Monte Morin