James Owen Sullivan, Avenged Sevenfold drummer, found dead at 28

This year has been so awful for celebrity deaths. 2009 has really claimed a lot of souls, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcett, Brittany Murphy and countless others. Now, we’ve just learned that the grim reaper has claimed another one: Avenged Sevenfold’s 28-year-old drummer, James Owen Sullivan.

Reportedly, the young drummer died of natural causes, according to Huntington Beach authorities. He was found dead in his home and the Coroner’s Office is investigating his untimely death.



The band has issued this statement regarding The Rev’s death:

“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.”

120 Responses

  1. can December 30, 2009 / 10:13 AM

    so sad..

  2. gani the rev. . . December 30, 2009 / 9:47 PM

    saya turut berduka cita atas meninggalnya drumer a7x the rev. ..
    saya benar2 sedih atas kejadian itu. ..
    meskipun begitu semoga a7x tetap masih hidup. . .

  3. nouseforaname December 31, 2009 / 6:10 AM

    Where was his fiancee at this time?

  4. Brandky December 31, 2009 / 11:18 PM

    God bye the rev
    Your legend…
    The best…
    And cool…

  5. Billy January 1, 2010 / 2:26 AM

    gk nyangka jimmy sulivan pegi gtu za. . .
    rpa nya 2008 kmrn adlh konser tarkhr dya d indonesia. . .

  6. Afterlife7x January 1, 2010 / 4:02 AM

    We love you… I can’t imagine how A7X is gonna play without you…

    I wont see you tonight

  7. MetalMusician January 1, 2010 / 11:16 PM

    Dying of natural causes at the age of 28 doesnt really make sense, he definitely died of a drug overdose…

    • the rev July 1, 2010 / 4:50 AM

      he had an inlarged heart

  8. Rival January 2, 2010 / 9:53 PM

    goog by JIMMY SULVAN!!!cdhx aqw

    bwt a7x smoga ttp berkreasi tyz wlaupn the rev dach gag ada!!!good luck

  9. carmelita January 4, 2010 / 12:36 PM

    so SORRY about what happen. i give my respect to the most bad ass drummer. soooooooo SORRY..

  10. A7Xluver January 4, 2010 / 1:15 PM

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Avenged Sevenfold is me and my boyfriend’s favorite band! He was honestly the world’s best drummer! I know how it feels to lose someone you love! I got jumped in Chapmanville, WV, and lost my baby! So I DO know how it feels to lose somebody! If you need anyone to talk to, anyone at all! Don’t hesitate to email me!


  11. andika January 4, 2010 / 7:37 PM

    Afterlife for THE REV
    Peace for fuck

  12. andika January 4, 2010 / 7:45 PM

    saya turut duka cita kepada drummer terhebat kita
    PEACE for you “James Owen Sullivan”

  13. tagan January 5, 2010 / 5:18 PM

    listenin to seize the day now R.I.P Rev you truly were amazing

  14. bethany January 6, 2010 / 9:35 PM

    i love a7x and im sad that the rev died he was the best drmmer! i feel really bad 4 his family and friends im sorry 4 ur loss

  15. KEITH MINISH January 9, 2010 / 7:39 PM

    hey just wanted to say im so sorry for the loss of a good person and a great drummer.i never met jimmy but i bet he was an awesome person and ill keep you all in my prayers.love you aveneged sevenfold.gonna miss you rev.good luck with yalls music.hope it stays great.

  16. Beth January 10, 2010 / 9:40 AM

    I, personally, feel for Jimmy’s family and friends and others who were so close to him. I’m also very sad that he’s gone. Avenged Sevenfold will never be the same without him. He was a kick-ass drummer, and a good one at that. His time just came too soon. We’ll all miss you Jimmy. I pay you my humble respects. R.I.P. <3 You!!!

  17. Star January 11, 2010 / 11:58 PM

    God Bless A7X So Sorry for Your loss He Was The Best Drummer To Me…..Tell His Family I am Very Sorry And My Prayers Go To Them…..You Guys Are Great.

  18. brian love A7X January 13, 2010 / 5:29 AM

    god bye the rev…..

  19. Erin Deanne Moore January 15, 2010 / 11:50 PM

    I seriously cried when i heard about him. i love this band and he was an amazing drummer. Your Much Loved James “the rev” Sullivan. <3 my hearts with you.

  20. ade ajeng diyah January 27, 2010 / 8:00 AM

    the rev…
    you're the best drummer in the world..
    but i can't believe you leave me so short time….
    love U so much the rev….
    you always in my heart stay far in my heart..
    bye the best drummer…
    love you so much…..

  21. Cameron January 28, 2010 / 5:38 AM

    well i just found out about James Sullivan's death today… I am very sad as because he was my hero and I didn't even know he died… I idolized him and loved him very much… now I listen to Avenged Sevenfold an nobody else because that's how much he meant to me… Goodbye James Sullivan A.K.A. the REV… May my blessings be with you and your family

  22. Dahlan February 21, 2010 / 5:39 AM

    Dia adalah se orang drammer memiliki enegry dan dpt membagikan ketemannya dan mengarahkan ke tingkat permainan music yg sangat tinggi dan merangsang imajinasi permainan musik temannya .

  23. qiz mine February 22, 2010 / 7:15 AM

    tobak sedih!!!

  24. JBG May 17, 2010 / 9:03 PM

    Natural Causes at 28, haha

    Cause of Death : Too much heroin.

    Crazy Kids

    • the rev July 1, 2010 / 4:47 AM

      fuck off it wasent to much heroin he had an inlarged heart

  25. Ryuu July 8, 2010 / 2:15 AM

    You morons he didn't die of natural causes. It was clearly stated on June 9th that he died of "acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Diazepam/Nordiazepam and ethanol".

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