Avenged Sevenfold have posted the following on their website:
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. 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.
M Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Johnny Christ
The drummer was found dead in his home on December 28, 2009. According to The Orange County Register, police have said that Sullivan's death appeared to have been natural but is still under investigation by the Orange County Coroner's Office.
Within moment's of the A7X's tweeting the news, Alternative Press's page announcing the news crashed and mourning fans were trending "James Owen Sullivan," the drummer's full name.
It is apparent that the drummer was greatly loved and will be missed. I'll definitely be remembering all the times I drummed along to "Unholy Confessions" using my hands as sticks and my knees as a drumset tonight.
Rest in Peace, Rev.