December 29th, 2009
12:47 PM ET

Avenged Sevenfold drummer James Sullivan dies 28

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James Sullivan, the drummer for the Huntington Beach rock band Avenged Sevenfold, died on Monday, according to Orange County authorities.

The cause of death is still under investigation. Sullivan, 28, was found unresponsive inside his home.

"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan,” band members posted in a statement on the group’s official Web site. “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.”

News of Sullivan’s death prompted an outpouring of grief on social media sites as well as on the band’s official Web site.

“I cant believe it..The Rev is gone..R.I.P. Jimmy crying so hard right now. I think Im in complete shock,” a fan with the handle Star888Star posted on Twitter this morning.

The group, which blended hard rock with hard-core punk, was named Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006.

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  1. Felecia

    R.I.P. James a good drummer in a great band. And to Avenged Sevenfold and James' family I am truly sorry. I know what it is like to lose someone very close to me.

    January 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. clint and heather

    Clint and Heather- I never heared of Avenged seven fold until til last year. Since I heared bat country and beast of harlot on the radeio. I started buying the CDs and DVDS. I saw REV's drum solo wow he is the best drummer I ever seen.It was a real shocker to all of my family when we found out he died.My son is nine years old and he was influenced by him.He wasnt intrested of playing drums until he saw REV playing.He said he is the fastest drummer i ever seen and i gree.William is a great fan of REV.He willbe truly missed.We will pray for his family and his band.My wife likes watching him because hes funny.He knows how to make people laugh.God bless yaw and hope everything will be alright. R.I.P REV

    January 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BB

    Drugs come with the lifestyle. It's a temptation and when your in a band of that caliber, you don't look for drugs, they come to you. It's the same with any celebrity genre, actors, musicians, artists. I think he was an excellent drummer with a defining style and part of an equally talented band. We don't know what killed him. He's got my respect. My wish for "The Rev" is that he knew Jesus as his Saviour. Hate the sin, love the sinner.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. meagan418

    Omg! That's a total shock! RIP u will be missed!
    "Seize the day"

    January 1, 2010 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. ashton sims

    he was so good...avenged sevenfold is the best band ever and now that he is gone there is nothin to completeit!~!!but now he is in a far better place!!:)well always have u in our heart and youll never leave our mind,especially with ur kick ass drumming!!!

    December 31, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. porsha

    when i heard what happened i was so freaking sad i cried and cried avenged sevenfold is my favorite band.. i really can't believe what happened i'm really really sorry )':

    December 31, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ellen Kaskoun

    AX7 lives long in my heart, and the Rev will be a missing piece. So sad, so sorry, love to all the bandmates and friends and family. Peace to all.

    December 31, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Caitlin

    Oh, The Rev...quite an amazing and talented drummer he was. I saw A7X in concert last year and they blew my mind!! Plus, The Rev just added to it with his sexiness. haha. I watched YouTube the other day and watched a video of theirs. It was called "The best quote ever". It featured The Rev saying the best quote ever which is: "One of these days dude, I'm gonna get off the bus. And I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run into the woods and never come back. And when I come back, I'm gonna become the night's master." Jimmy Sullivan, I will never forget you.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Caitlin

    I've only been a fan for maybe a year or so but I fell in love with the music when I heard it. What he did outside the studio and off the stage doesn't take away from what he did on stage or in the studio. He had talent and that in itself can be rare nowadays. It doesn't matter what you like or who you listen to musically, if you love music then you respect that a musician is gone and can never create again for more people to connect to him. My heart goes out to his bandmembers, his friends, family and his wife. Take comfort in knowing that you knew a truly amazing person and saw a side no one else saw in him. You were privileged to know him personally. I will miss you Rev. Thank you for your music, it will be cherished. May you rest in peace and find drums to play on the other side.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dani

    --to -Deff. not an avenged sevenfold fan December 31st, 2009 5:46 am --- i really gotta say have you done your research?? for one, you dont go bashing someones favorite band just because you have your own opinion about it., i mean y go onto this website just to crush people who are already grieving about a loss of a great drummer.... yeah i agree that he wasnt the best drummer ever... but do u honestly think that the people who said that really mean EVER?.. they just mean that he was a VERY good drummer and they like to promote how great he was. hes on the top of the list of drummers. so dont disrespect the dead guy because u think other peoples opinions are wrong.
    –and once again.. do your research bc they DID try to push their limits.. just look where they came from.. the band they are today is nothing like the band they are now... not saying they went more mainstream just for the "GIRLS AND MONEY"...u serious??, they all have girlfriends and some are married. they say that...but not all the time., and to sy that its a bad thing that they dont have a def. genre of music? thats bull...they did that for a reason u dumbass. in a way.. people who actually appreiciate music will look at that and want to congratulate them. thats a VERY hard thing to do. when a band switches their genre and is all over the place.. they are taking the risk of losing fans... but they do it anyway for the fun of music and what they really love to do.
    DO NOT say that Avenged Sevenfold means abs nothing. ever. u know what? avenged sevenfold may have some bad choices with drugs...but does that make them bad people? im a straight edge girl.. never touched a drug or drank in my life..and they are still my heros.. i care for them like i do my own family... if the band gets sucked into that sort of thing, its hard to get out of it. its doesnt mean they are bad people at all. look at their backgrounds and their personalities and u will see how very wrong you are.
    by the way...i have heard of each and every one of those people.. so people who appreciate music are not dumb and wont get sidetracked just bc one person in one band died from drugs...
    now its your turn...get your facts straight and find something better to do then to just trash a great band who has great loyal fans. and a great family. show some friggin respect.. really-grow up.

    RIP– the rev.. you will forever be missed by people who appreciate music and what youve done for this life for them<3
    (avenged sevenfold and every band member has made me a better person.. een if some people dont believe it. theyve changed my life in one of the best ways ever and they mean something to soo many people)

    December 31, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. McKayla Black

    I cant belive "The Rev" is gone. I would say he was one of my all-time favorite drummers... RIP

    December 31, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Von

    We lost one of the most talented drummers this world has seen by far.

    December 31, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve Velasquez

    You'll be missed Jimmy, such a shame for one of the greatest to pass away. You'll be missed by all friends family and A7X fans everywhere

    December 31, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chad

    James "The Rev" Sullivan was by far the best drummer of the decade. He was right up there with Lars Ulrich. Jimmy is in a better place now. Up there in Rock N' Roll heaven. Drinking a Rolling Rock and talking to Dimebag Darrell

    December 31, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mark

    to all of the idiots trash-talking A7X as a band,or crappy musicians,crappy singer,or whatever: this guy was a brilliant drummer! I hate the fact that he is gone,but drugs kill! period! By the way, natural causes means no foul play,like murder. Cocaine can stop your heart,thus nat.causes. reality check is right, he was a great drummer,but not a person i want my kids to look up to as a role model. I hope the other guys in A7X will learn from this if they do drugs as the rev.did. 28 is way too young to die.He had so much too be living for.

    December 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kaela

    RIP Rev

    December 31, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Shocked A7x fan

    I can not believe he died. This is so awful.
    James you will forever be missed in our hearts! Everytime I hear your music my heart will ache.
    RIP The Rev.

    December 31, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Reese Johnson

    Wow, I'm impressed that certain people, even when death is the subjuct, can still be assholes. And for those who think its not natural for people to die that young... I've had friends who have died very young... OF NATURAL CAUSES. Sure the man did drugs, so what. No ones perfect, and for you to judge on that alone makes it clear in my mind that it should be you in that coffin, not him. The world would be better off without all of the you jackasses.

    And I really wish that the moderators would do something about all the disrespect for the deceased.

    R.I.P Rev, Best wishes to his family

    December 31, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  19. GJ

    A great drummer with still lots of talents to give...
    He is a great loss in the rock music scene...
    One if the best drummers to live...
    We will miss you..
    Rest in Peace...

    December 31, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  20. Blade

    RIP bro you wIll be mIssed

    December 31, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  21. Maggie

    omg m sister told me this but i thoght she was lieing but its true i love the song a little piece of heaven ;( -+-=

    December 31, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  22. Chasaty

    This is sad to hear

    December 31, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  23. wat

    I farted.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  24. Kelly

    I saw the band in Feb. They put on a hell of a show. I have been in the military for 24 years. Before, they played Gunslinger, they said we don't have to agree with everything that is happening in this world but we do all have to agree to support our troops. For guys so young to believe in the military made me happy. My son is 15 and has been to two of their shows. I don't how or why Jimmy died, but I know he was very talented and he played a major role in the success of A7X. Those 5 guys were a tight group. I doubt they will ever be the same again.
    They are several stars I don't care for but I don't wish death on them. I am saddened by this death. The man did have family, friends and fans that cared very much for him. Respect that!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  25. rendy_noin

    rest in piece .

    the reverend sulivian you are drummer of the best in a world, i hope your fun and piece in the heaven ... good bye

    December 31, 2009 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  26. Jennifer




    🙁 🙁 🙁

    December 31, 2009 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  27. long live a legand

    i could not belive it when i frist herd the news.james was such an inspiration to people including myself.hes unique raw talent will be very much appreciated for ever long live a legand:)

    December 31, 2009 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  28. long live a legand

    i could not belive it when i frist herd the news. james was such an inspiration to people including me.hes unquie raw talent will be appreciated for a long time. long live a legand:)

    December 31, 2009 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  29. Definately not and avenged sevenfold fan

    Lets get a few things straight, Avenged Sevenfold as a band was nothing special, talented yes but they weren't genre defining. They never tried to push the limits of their music and they've stated that their biggest goal is/was to be famous and get money and girls. Yes it's true any young person passing is sad and especially so when they have any kind of gift that can make people happy but when that person chooses to use said gift for dicking their life away, well thats more like karma catching up with a douchebag. And i think all you avenged sevenfold fans need to get some perspective. Like i said they guy was talented, in fact its the biggest thing that pisses me off about that band. They're talented, really talented, and they've chosen to be stereotypical douche chills, way to try to make music better asshole. But i digress, to say this guy is one of the best "drummers eva" is kinda.... well ignorant. John Bonham, Gene Krupa, Danny Carey, Neil Pert, Chris Pennie, to name a few, and all those other guys we will never hear about because their band gets shafted by a label or for whatever reason. So do some research and try to expand your musical horizons, because i've got some news: in the grand scheme of things your beloved avenged sevenfold means absolutely nothing.

    December 31, 2009 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  30. Josh Geary

    The Rev one of the best drummers in the world and was the drummer and back up vocals in one of my favorite bands A7X. You will be missed greatly by everyone. Rest in Peace Jimmy Sullivan

    December 31, 2009 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  31. Megzy

    Its a sad lost he was my fav drumer and a damn good 1 i love him RIP LOVE

    December 31, 2009 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  32. tj

    truly a sad day the rev is and always be my number one idol. hopefully he did not die of an overdose but if he did so what he was the best drummer ive ever heard and he shall be remembered always rest in peace james sullivan

    December 31, 2009 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  33. asadasd

    Another purveyor of stupid, boring, corporate think tank drivel joins the Stupid Club.

    We can only hope they break up. But face it, drummers are replaceable.

    December 31, 2009 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  34. Gil T

    Jesus who else is next to die??
    RIP James REV Sullivan

    December 31, 2009 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  35. nichole

    jill is totally right...if you are not a fan...don't read and reply on this article...there is a lot of the music that is popular now a days that is not liked by those of us that listen to this music...a7x was popular in their fans eyes...he was a great drummer....just listen to him!!! almost all musicians get into some kind of drugs or alcohol...i am sure most of us would if we were great musicians may be his fault but jeez...its a tragedy was a tradegy for all of mj's, jimmy hendrix's, and kurt kobain's fans so let us fans grieve without all of your hateful in peace rev...we love you and you were amazing in concert!!!

    December 31, 2009 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  36. Fasya

    Oh I'm really sad to hear that. he is my best favorite drummer. I just can't believe this... I hope he rest in peace with smile and good luck.

    December 31, 2009 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  37. Avenged Sevenfold Lover 29

    .I cant believe he is gone, I love and miss him so much.!!!!!.When I first heard this I was like this is not real it is just a rumor but when I got on their website it was there.( RIP Jimmy, Gone But Never Forgotten.)

    December 31, 2009 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  38. tyler m

    im in a completely shocked state i almost cried when my dad dtold me my drum here was dead. i think he will rock of socks were ever his sprit goes..................................................................................i can't beielive hes actually gone man....................but tbh at this age in his life i think it was drugs.......................................

    December 31, 2009 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  39. Ricky

    Avenged Sevenfold is my favorite band. I tears my heart apart knows the Rev is no longer with us. As an amazing musician, his legacy of style, permorance and vocalization will be listened to and remember forever. Rest in Piece James...

    December 31, 2009 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  40. Raquelle

    Damn my faverite drummer!

    I grew on to like other music but i never forget where i came from for my love of heavy metal, rock, adventurous music.


    this is so sad and such a shock. life is REALLY fragile

    December 31, 2009 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  41. Matt Sarna

    To Amber: don't write on this if you aren't here to give condolences
    God Bless "the Rev"

    December 31, 2009 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  42. gh

    honestly sorry to hear hes dead but he was complete trash at drums and his band sucked

    December 31, 2009 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  43. Kipper

    I was pretty upset, and shocked to hear about was almost unbelieveable. RIP Jimmy. You were a big inspiration to many of the "Kids" out there. We all love you, and will miss you.

    December 31, 2009 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  44. yeaitsme

    never heard of him

    December 31, 2009 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  45. NiNi D

    RIP Rev... There are very few bands I have followed over the years, A7X has always interested me for their musical talent... But the talent cannot flourish without you. I am deeply saddened- I wish your family and friends support.

    December 31, 2009 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  46. Jessica*

    2009 sucks! What's with every dying!

    RIP Rev.

    This is so sad – and to think I haven't been to an A7X show in like at least 3-4 years. 🙁

    December 31, 2009 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  47. a7x fan

    REALITY CHECK December 29th, 2009 1:27 pm ET

    It's always sad when someone dies young, no doubt. Let's remember something, though..this is the same guy that bragged about doing 'piles' of drugs in his interviews..


    Don't turn this guy into a rock & roll hero, because he's not.

    If you do a lot of drugs and don't eventually stop, your body will give out.
    Doesn't matter what the actual cause of death is, you KNOW what caused it.

    Same with Brittany Murphy, same with this guy.

    Sad? yes. Sad for the ones he left behind.

    Avoidable? ABSOLUTELY.

    Be a great drummer WITHOUT the drugs,
    and you will continue to BE a great drummer.


    Drugs are BAD...mmkay???

    For the person who posted that above^^^^^ what if he was on drugs, that is not what matters right now. Right now the death of a great drummer is what matters and if you dont like it, then suck it.

    December 31, 2009 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  48. Brandon


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  49. alex rios

    wow i cnt belive it i love the revs druming style he in my book was the best R.I.P my preyers and all my love goes to him and the band but mostly his family....

    December 31, 2009 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  50. Paige616

    I can't believe people are on here insulting others for liking this band. A life has been lost! It doesn't matter if you didn't like the band. Music is art, and art is subjective to different tastes. If you didn't like a7x then alright, but be respectful, please!
    RIP Rev.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Kara

    I love how a lot of you blame his death on drugs. You haven't seen an autopsy report or anything about how he died yet so stop trying to use this as a way to push your "Drugs are bad" attitude on others. Have a little respect.

    I had no clue The Rev had died until awhile ago. I saw it on a Music Choice channel. I love Avenged Sevenfold and I hope they're able to recover from this and use his memory to move on. He was an amazing drummer and he will be greatly missed. I send my sympathy to the family, friends, and other fans.

    Rest In Peace.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Ray--Q

    The REV was the best drummer in
    my eyes R.I.P We will miss you!

    December 30, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  53. kate

    I feel really bad about rev. I think he was really amazing drummer. It was his own fault though. He shouldn"t have taken drugs in the first place. they were such a awesome band! I wanted to cry when i heard about rev.

    Rest In Peace Forever Rev

    December 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Bill Barth

    Rest in Peace young James Sullivan! Godspeed

    December 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  55. =( Jillian

    Where does it say he died of an overdose? where? I didn't see it mentioned once.

    The rev was a amazing drummer, he had tremendous talent and it's always sad when someone dies.

    I don't want to believe he died of an overdose but if that is the case so be it, no need for such hurtful things to be said- you really think that's a way anyone should be remembered?

    everyone has done something they may not be so proud of, let the mad rest in fucking peace and let the remaining family band mates and his wife Leana deal with their grief without hatefulness.

    R.I.P Jimmy my heart goes out to a7x, leana and all the true fans out there who are missing you man.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Chrys

    tis a shame. however, i'll reserve judgment on whether or not it was drugs until i see the results of a toxicology and autoposy. image vs reality is not always the same. when dave williams of drowning pool died back in 2002, everyone assumed the same thing. "oh no! it must be drugs because he's in a rock band. they all do drugs!!" how many people to this day still think it was drugs, when in fact, he died from undiagnosed cardiomyopathy?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Jenna Jealousy (SceneX)

    Rest In Peace, Rev.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Pinky

    Seriously, i honestly cant believe this. this is insane.. and so sad. tears just keep pouring. Jimmy Sullivan was seriously my inspiration to begin drumming.. and i dreamed of meeting him someday. ive been a fan since Avenged Sevenfold's Earliest days, and seen them live every time they came around my area. and now the most amazing drummer ive ever known of, and a beautiful personality apart from the music, is gone. youre still my number one Rev. i dont think any drummer could ever change that. rest in peace.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  59. A7Xchick

    Ridiculous! Such a tragedy, such a talented musician! My heart is with his friends and family! R.I.P.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  60. SeanH

    Avenged Sevenfold is one of my favorite bands. Yes they are talented -and much so – but not the most talented, which is okay because that's not what makes them great. If all I cared about was sheer technical proficiency and speed I'd listen to jazz fusion all day. They made music that was fun to listen to, and touched me deeply while I was deployed to Iraq for 15 months. They were a driving part of the 'New Wave of American Heavy Metal' and also had hit records with an average song lenth of over five minutes. I don't believe them to be 'empty commercial' music.

    The Rev was hilarious and hard working and devoted to his fans. The band had been fighting to clean up their image in order to be better role models to their younger fans. There is no conclusive proof he died of a drug related condition, so let's not assume. As the son of a drug addict, I know as truth that people can suffer losing lifelong battles against addictions earned in their troubled youth. So let's not color his character as morally bankrupt even if he was strung out, because addicts are different people when using.

    I love this band, and I love James Sullivan.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  61. people, are ignorant.

    All who disagree with the fact that that Jimmy was an amazing drummer should seriously get a reality check, and do some research and listening.
    A7X's music is so unique and instrumental, and there cannot be a logical argument against that.

    December 30, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Alexis

    When I heard the news, I was shocked. A7x is a freaking amazing band, and I really loved the guitar riffs and the drum solos. James Sullivan did was a great part of the band, it's sad to see him go. So young, and so talented. We're not going to find another guy like him. R.I.P. The Rev!!!!!!!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥ Rock on

    December 30, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Maria

    I'm in complete shock. I practically worship a7x!! they have literally changed my life! they're my inspiration, and without The Rev... this sucks. I can't believe it. R.I.P. James "The Rev" Sullivan. we all love you. I pray for him, his family, and his

    December 30, 2009 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  64. trise8

    The Rev was an incredible drummer. he could drum, sing while playing, and was a song writer. he was an overall gifted person. R.I.P.

    December 30, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Cookie

    Omg I can't believe this actually happened!

    December 30, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Kevin M

    These guys were the first heavy metal band I ever heard of.Still one of my favorites..never going to be the same without him R.I.P Jimmy Sulivan

    December 30, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Murtagg

    Some of you folks sicken me. A man dies, and all you can do is rip on his life's work? The mere thought of you trying to bring down him, his family, and his fans by doing that makes me seriously lose faith in the human race.

    Also, the autopsy was inconclusive, if it were drugs then they would have found that.

    Rev, you will be missed. Rest in Peace, God bless you.

    December 30, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  68. RG

    wow. his actual name is James, Jimmy is a nickname version of it.

    December 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Monica

    I'm still in shock over The Rev's death. I absolutely LOVE Avenged Sevenfold. The band will never be the same without you Rev. One of the greatest drummers is gone from earth but he will rock the heavens forever. R.I.P The Rev. We will miss you!

    December 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Ed Peterson

    glad to have an A7X tattoo

    thanx for your music


    December 30, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  71. M3g

    I'm a big fan of Avenged Sevenfold and I am truly going to miss the awesome drum solos the Rev showcased. We lost a true master of the skill. My thoughts and good wishes are with the family and band members.

    December 30, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Lexi

    R.I.P The Rev was one of the best drummers ever! Hopefully A7X will stay the band they are today. ): we love you James Sullivan <3 <3 <3

    December 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  73. wow.

    his name is jimmy not james.
    at least have some respect and get his name right....whats wrong with this site.


    December 30, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Brandon

    the rev is what put me on the avenged...he was the best...and will never forget...all we can think of now is how loud hes bangin them drums in heaven!!! YOUR MUSIC WILL LIVE ON BRO..... rest in peace.....

    December 30, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Deshy

    Man, I cant stop crying over it. I loved Rev. Im blasting a7x right now as we speak. R.I.P!

    December 30, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  76. helannah

    james i'll never forget when you first held me when i was born i'm gonna miss you :'(

    December 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Haleigh Lilly

    Omg this is sad. I can't believe that he is dead. He was a really good drummer and will be missed. I just wonder what A7X is gonna do now.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  78. helannah

    r.i.p cuz i'll never forget you ,

    December 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Fall child....

    he is legendarey! i love you james! rest in idol.....

    December 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Robert

    People, it may have been drugs, but that doesnt change the fact that he was a great musician and will be missed. All of you people just leaving comments saying "Oh, it was drugs," are being idiots. Everyone knows that that was a possibility, but (again) it does not change the fact that he IS considered one of the greatest modern rock drummers and that people are sad. A7X is my favorite band, so his death hit me hard. The other members may want to continue touring, but it will never be the same without Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Mom of Heroin Addict

    To WOW!

    I don't think anyone here (well some immature people) are pointing out his faults or condemning him for using drugs. You're right, we are all very imperfect humans. I think the ander and anguish is at the drugs, they can take over a life and cause addiction or accidental overdose or both. Its sad that he died this way. Lets learn from it. For every James Sullivan, Brittany Murphy, Heath Ledger....there are hundreds of unknown people dying the same way.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  82. dajester04957

    u will be missed by us all, this man had inspired me to start my drumming career back up, now hes in a better place and looking down on us .....what a great drummer

    December 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  83. A7X die-hard fan

    My heart goes out to the Sullivan family. the day I found out he died, my mom and I cried ALL DAY. I was still up til 1 in the morning crying. The band will never be the same. Their lyrics related to me when I was going through a hard time. The music industry and the WORLD will NEVER be the same. This is a true loss. My heart and prayers go out to the band and the Sullivan family. We will all miss him dearly.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Mom of Heroin Addict

    It was drugs....sure they say natural causes, but how natural is it for a 28 year old man to die? I assure you we will find out it was drugs.

    Look at this blog that represents all the musicians that have died over the last 40 years and check out how many died from drugs, mostly heroin.

    A hero is a musician who can stand up and say "I am drug free and still successful and still rock and still have a great life". I have compassion for those that get hooked on drugs....THEY KILL YOU.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Wow!

    A man has died...he was an excellent drummer. He made some bad choices in life, but who hasn't? Is anyone here that is pointing out all the "wrongs" in his life even bothered to listen to his talent? I doubt it!
    No..I'm not a teenager...I'm 44 years old. I've seen this band 5 times as well as many other bands. He was incredible! A major talent gone to waste...again! I'm just glad I had the opportunity to see him before he passed.
    All of the haters on here that are so adament to point out all of his flaws....Wow!...must be hard to so freakin' perfect and never made any mistakes in life.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Kate

    ok, people it was DRUGS!!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Jesse Michael Valdez

    he was an okay drummer that just so happened to catch a break i dont know why all you dumb fucks think hes so good and you cant put him as one of the greats cause he was just okay they could replace him today if the wanted to Ax7 is a shitty poser band yeah it sad he died but as for people being sad the the drummer for Ax7 is gone who gives a fuck

    December 30, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  88. LA

    R.I.P. Jimmy.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  89. ...

    can't believe he's actually gone, hope the band continue hough. RIP 🙁

    December 30, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  90. apespeaksout

    It shocked me to find this out. The band will never be the same without him. I truly am sorry for the loss. My heart goes out to the band and his family. I'll be praying for you all.

    December 30, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Robert

    Avenged sevenfold has been my favorite band for over two years now. I have listened to every song, and Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan's drumwork amazed me. His back up vocals really fit into the songs, and R.I.P. I send my wishes of luck to the other band members, and Jimmy's family.

    December 30, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Saint Narcissus

    Has it occurred to any of you that, at least in theory, the members of Avenged Sevenfold would reject all your well meaning "prayers?" Their lyrics spew about as much venom and vitriol toward anything religious that you should probably stick with strictly atheist or even anti-God thoughts if you are really directing them at your beloved idols. Granted, I think their lyrics are a lot of self-absorbed posturing about being "evil" more than they are serious, but nonetheless...a death is a death and each one is tragic for those close to the one who is gone, but a celebrity or rock and roll death does not mean any more than than yours or mine.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  93. Linda Harper

    this is the saddest thing in the world..who would've thought something that bad would thoughts are with the Rev's band and family at this so sad about this. i was so hoping that ths monet would never come. RIP James (the rev) sullivan may u rock heaven as hardcore as u rocked us...i will luv you forever.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  94. M Austill

    Yes children, drugs are bad for you! Don't we all have our vices? Next! The talent this man possessed was incredible. No one can dispute that. (Ok, you could but be a fool.) I'm a drummer and only wish I was half as beat-down friggin awesome as he was. There lies the true loss of this sad moment. Another truely gifted person gone. He can be your "Hero" there's nothing wrong with that! He's a man.and he had flaws. Bad habits, sure he had them as we all share in some sorts. (And oh yes we do!) We all are leaving someday. The exit may not be as dramatic as one too the other but it's going to happen. Enjoy the sounds for Life is truely Beautiful. Miss you Rev

    December 30, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  95. RafaelGM333


    To a great and much respected and loved drummer, i thank you for the talent you unleashed with your music and regardless of whatever decisions you've made, you are and will be a great inspiration to many! Thank you Rev for your energy, your talent, your charisma, and for all the great drumming you gave this world! R.I.P. JIMMY "THE REV" SULLIVAN

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  96. cazz

    We live in England,My daughter and I are devestated by the news of the passing a great guy. RIP Rev.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  97. Heather

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Avenged!!! RIP James Sullivan.. i love you guys!! My heart goes out to his family and the band! He will be missed and certainly NOT forgotten!!!!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  98. Ninja Squirrel

    R.I.P. Rev. =[

    And to all you people bashing him, just knock it off.

    Sure, it may have been the drugs, in fact, there's a high possibility. But does that really matter right now? There are friends, family, and tons of fans mourning him at the moment. Now is not the time to trash talk him.

    What if this was about one of the "greats". What if someone was bashing Elvis, Chris Farley, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin...any of them? Sure, they've been gone for years, but wouldn't you still feel some anger about people saying how you shouldn't look up to them?

    And if you're telling people that he's not an idol or a hero, than none of the greats listed above should be either. They made the same choices Rev did, and they died too young themselves.

    Think about that before you trash talk someone who just passed.

    December 30, 2009 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  99. David "Gamerkid" Schultz

    OMG i cant beleve it The Rev was my hero, im so torn up by it. he was my role model for when i started druming. " i love you james, R.I.P. dude"

    December 30, 2009 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  100. ariebby

    So he wasn't the greatest drummer ever, but he was an amazing drummer. Avenged Sevenfold... first band I saw live. I love this band so much. every album... i own. The Rev will be greatly missed. It's so shocking to me... My heart goes out to his Family and A7x.

    December 30, 2009 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  101. A7XAaron

    The rev died, I just hope A7X didn't die with him love you Rev \,,/

    December 30, 2009 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  102. eze

    Why cant people focus on the good things?? one is even 100% sure if it was drugs. The Rev was one of the best drummers of our generation. RIP man, loved your music.

    December 30, 2009 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  103. Yuri Akhsani

    I can't believe it. Is it true? Is it just a nightmare? Please, wake up me from my bed

    December 30, 2009 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  104. Josh D.

    RIP Rev, we will miss you! And Jess, if you follow the rock genre even half as closely as you claim? Then there is no way you have never heard of A7X. And also, you people saying they aren't mainstream enough, check the flippin' song list of Guitar Hero 2! Beast and the Harlot, one of the best A7X songs ever. Think about it.

    December 30, 2009 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
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  106. Justine

    i can't believe it!!. the rev was so amazing..i have loved a7x since they first started up...he will be rev

    December 30, 2009 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  107. k

    o and all so he is great and people if you want to look up to him then do it its ok to because he was 1 of the great musicians of our life time. and he always will be so a big FUCK YOU TO all of you that said not to look up to him. and if you do drugs good 4 you thats your thing drugs are not cool but if you take them cause they make you fill good or clam you down take them hell, i can see why the rev took them he prob, needed to take them be4 shows or after i know i would if i was as great as he was playing for 100,000 fans and have you ever thought maybe he had family prob, maybe thats why he did drugs realy you people need to shut the fuck up about the whole drug thing you dont know why he was taken them if he was taken them !! people can just die you know with out useing drugs many people die every day from sudden death!!!!!! R.I.P THE REV.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  108. BrAnDi

    R-I-P YoUlL bE MiSZED.
    We lOVE yOu.!

    December 30, 2009 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  109. kristina

    FUCK you too all of you that said bad shit about the rev, he was 1 of the best drummers out there, your just a dickhead 4 saying he was not 1 of the best theres your reality check asshole!! R.I.P (THE REV) love kristina

    December 30, 2009 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  110. Chelsea

    I love how thoroughly disrespectful and insensitive some people are being. Yes, he had a history of drug use. But that doesn't make it any less tragic than it is.

    If any of you had a family member die of an over dose, or the effects of drugs, I highly doubt you'd be so cruel and heartless about it.

    Yes, he made terrible choices, and I'm sure his past drug use had something to do with his passing, but this disrespect is highly unnecessary. He was young and very talented, and to see such a life lost is heartbreaking- no matter the cause.

    And no matter what your opinion of him is, The Rev WAS a Hero to many people. He inspired his fans through his passion, his talent, his creativity. He has left a legacy through his music, his art. And James will live on forever in the hearts of his fans and those who were dear to him.

    He made some bad choices, but like "Jay" said, people are revered as heroes and icons from the past who made some of the same choices as he did.

    My heart goes out to his family, friends, and loved ones.
    May god be with them in this difficult time, and may he rest in peace.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  111. luke

    r.i.p. james this is so sad he waz so gr8

    December 30, 2009 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  112. Lindsaybeth

    sad day he died on my birthday 🙁 my fav band in the world very very sad :'(

    December 30, 2009 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  113. ThePlagueHasSubsided

    I agree both ways on this. a7x is my favorite band, and it's extremely sad to here this news. But drugs do destroy lives, as i've seen it first hand with friends i grew up with and family members. I hope this shows future generations of aspiring musicians the price to pay if you choose this lifestyle. no matter who you are or how talented you may be, life is fragile, and should never be taken for granted.

    But this band was touted for having some of the best musicians out there. The rev and synyster gates were ridiculous and anyone that denies that is either lying to themselves or has something against the band in the first place. For those who never heard him play, the rev belongs up there with likes of Neal Peart, and Mike Portnoy, so I highly recommend that you give some of their music a listen to. Not only could he thrash on the set, he was a great writer and key contributer to the band and their success ( wrote guitar, piano, bass, and lyrics for entire songs). He will truly be missed, and no one could replace his talent.

    RIP Rev

    December 30, 2009 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  114. Andy

    You know what, who cares if he used drugs, he's still a legend. A lot of people use drugs, the majority of rock stars do drugs, and its thekir own choice, I personally do not do drugs, it should be a persons right to if they want to use drus. A7X never tried to be metal, they just tried to be themselves through their music, yes, I am a huge fan of A7X, they were not emo, they were not punk, they were themselves. You have no clue what this means to people who love A7X, I'm still crying since yesterday morning, those of you who just say its music, its a lot more than that, they weren't just another band, this band is the band.

    RIP Reverend Tholomew Plague, I will miss you

    December 30, 2009 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  115. chris

    i agree with what chris said
    "reality check" go fuck yourself
    they never said he died of drugs
    so stop makin assumptions
    and umm for ur info
    people do look up to him
    and they do consider him their hero
    who r u to say who can and can't be their hero
    ur not god so shut ur mouth and go sit in a corner and keep ur rotten opinions to yourself cuz honestly nobody wants to hear them and i really don't ur no star u don't have musical talent so who r u to say whos a rock n roll hero or not you dont have that power look at this as a suggestion and a future reminder to when u wanna open ur mouth "THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK OR ELSE SUFFER"

    December 30, 2009 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  116. Mike

    Exceptional drummer indeed, may he Rest in Peace...

    December 30, 2009 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  117. c h e m ii c a l s

    I can't beleive this. I honestly can't.
    We will miss The Rev, may he rest in peace.
    One of the greatest drummers of all time. :'(

    December 30, 2009 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  118. chris

    my favorite band
    R.I.P jimmy we will all miss you
    especially me :'(
    everyone thats
    an a7x fan
    we need to remember him for what he brought us
    and for what he did
    not only was he a drummer but to everyone who listened to their music his skills inspired people to bring out their musical talents
    he will be missed i heard the bad news and couldn't believe it
    so i spent my whole day listening to their music even though thats what i do all day cuz they are an amazing band and i wish them luck

    December 30, 2009 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  119. Chloe_Yeh_Mofo

    People Quoting Hes Not A Hero Are Mad
    We Knew He Took Drugs
    Of Corse He New Thew Was Going To Be A Risk Of Death Involved But Come Of Corse Hes A Hero And A Idol To Many
    And The Best Thing You Can Do Right Now Is Pay Your Respect To Him
    And You Can Say You/You Know People Who Dont Take Drugs
    And What About The Saying Sex Drugs Rock And Roll Most Of the Worlds Famous Musicians Have Died From Drugs Of Some Sort So Stop Taking Offence To Him
    Hes Was The Reason I Become To Be A Drummer And A True Idol In My Life But For The Fact He Took Drug Changed Nothing
    And I Bet He Didnt Even Really Influence People To Take Them
    R.I.P Rev Your Gonna Be Missed And Loved By Everyone <3

    December 30, 2009 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  120. Bumble Bee

    My He Rest in peace.
    Love him

    December 30, 2009 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  121. Afterlife

    @everyone who comments about rumors

    I hope you all have a personal tragedy similar to The Rev's. And I personally hope that your neighbots, your co-workers, and even your friends speculate in the worst possible way on how your personal tragedy went down. You know next to nothing about how the Rev Died. I hope all you self righteous pricks have a close friend die, and die soon so you can know what its like for people to say "oh you died of reason x y and z and its your own fault". You clowns are pathetic behind your computer screens and I hope you all die. Trust me society wont miss you.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  122. Alec

    R.I.P dude

    December 30, 2009 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  123. zxdman

    RIP Rev you will be greatly missed and to all those people who have nothing better to do than make fun of or criticize someone that just died go to hell!

    December 30, 2009 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  124. kcrick_28

    Man, seems like it was yesterday since I seen them in concert. "Rev", we love you and the impact you made in rock. You will always be, forever, in are heart's. R.I.P.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  125. james wilbur

    God Bless Rev. I hope ill see you whenever my time is to come. Have a great time on your Journey. R.I.P.

    December 30, 2009 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  126. RIP my ASS

    He got what he deserved. he was marginal at best and promoted drug use along the way. How irresponsible, and now all you little groupies are fawning over him. you reap what you sow. he played, he paid. I don't feel sorrow for someone so thoughtless

    December 30, 2009 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  127. RG

    Many of you keep saying its the drugs this. Its the drugs that. Be it that or something else who cares he still poured his heart and soul into everything he did, HE IS A HERO. He gave a lot of kids a reason to keep living, to learn to play the drums, to be someone. What he did is his life but what he did for us fans is our life. We are allowed to mourn , WE ARE ALLOWED TO CRY. we are allowed to call him OUR HERO. Don't spend your time down talking a man that saved and helped a lot of us through his playing epically when he died yesterday. Let us have our moment of grief without you hatreds still trying to bring avenged down like you have since they got big. that's all I have to say let this man rest in peace with dignity and his honor. RIP REV your always our hero and the best drummer in the world.

    <3 rg

    December 30, 2009 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
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  129. Dylan

    A7X FOR LIFE!!! Rip man!

    December 30, 2009 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  130. kayla thompson

    this shit sucks.. i love him and the band.. they are so talented.. you will be missed my friend..

    December 30, 2009 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  131. self

    wow that really sucks rip the rev your music will live 4 ever a7x

    December 30, 2009 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  132. Thomas

    I wish people would honestly stop highlighting that he did drugs and the other negative things about his life. The man just died, show some respect!!

    He did have a rough past, yes, but everybody makes mistakes, and the man just passed away, at a very young age, leaving a lot of family behind. Don't highlight the bad, and be respectful, please. Highlight the good and remember him for all the good he caused and the difference he made, and not the bad.

    The Rev was a fantastic drummer, and me being an aspiring musician at a young age, I looked up to him for it. He could sing, wrote a good majority of their songs, and did some amazing drumming.

    RIP Rev. Hope you've got your "Little piece of Heaven".

    December 30, 2009 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  133. robo

    Ok for everyone posting negatives about drug addiction....well its no different then you breaking the speed limit down the highway so does that make it ok if you die? No it doesn't and drugs or not how does reflect talent? It doesn't its there either way rev was an awesome drummer and will be greatly missed!!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  134. Mari

    Rest in Peace James Owen Sullivan aka. "The Reverend Tholomew Plague".
    I'm terribley broken down about his lost, I couldn't stop crying after I found out.
    He is one of the definition of a "Drummer", most fantastic player.
    A wonderful man, sad to see him go.
    So young, so talented, so soon.
    He we always be one of my idol and one I look up too always & forever.
    I will miss you dearly The Rev<333
    Gone but never will be forgotten...

    I give condolences to his family, Wife, Friends, Avenged Sevenfold & also to his fans.
    Praying for everyone<3

    December 29, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Dominique T.

    the rev was my idol....still is! i love you jimmy!

    forever...i promise..i promise....FOREVER!

    December 29, 2009 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Felix

    I am a 54 year old rock n' roll fan. I saw the band at Ozzfest when I took my son in 2006 & this drummer was a definite highlight. Avenged Sevenfold played a great set, but Sullivan's persona & skills were significant. Having seen John Bonham, Neil Smith & Keith Moon among many other drummers through the years live, he was definitely in their class (skill and what I call star power). A very big loss in music.

    December 29, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |

    I love how many medical examiners and toxicologists apparently frequent this site!! No cause of death has been announced, yet you'll assume overdose. The man could have died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty heater or even H1N1 for all anyone knows!! Why not let the ME do his job and determine the cause of death instead of smearing the poor mans name for his past. I'm sure you'll have pasts as well!

    RIP Rev

    December 29, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  138. yoshi

    this is a sad day in the music industry. R.I.P

    December 29, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Guadalupe

    The Rev was a great drummer i couldn't understand his death when i found out i was crying cause is painful to just wake up and find out that the best drummer "THE REV" has died...........He will be missed by everyone and he will always live in our HEARTS 4 EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  140. A7X Forever

    The Rev. I will never forget you man, you were the reason that I started playing the drums. I cried and was in shock when i heard what happened. In respect for everything you have done, my band and I are going to do a cover of one of your songs. Everytime we hear thunder, we will know that you are drumming away up in heaven. Long live Avenged Sevenfold, i really hope that they stay together.
    RIP Jimmy, always in our hearts and minds. Everytime that i sit behind the drums, i will think of you. To all you haters, shut up and piss off, this is for fans and those who love and respect what he did.
    I love you man. :'(
    RIP James Owen Sullivan February 10, 1981 – December 28, 2009.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Zanni

    Heard the news this morning via the my sleep. Dreamed about it, woke up, and checked the news to see if I was crazy. I wasn't. I've been in shock all day. Avenged Sevenfold has been my favorite band for four years, and I was a huge fan of The Rev. I feel like a bit of me has died with him.

    Jimmy, may you find your little piece of heaven.

    There aren't many people there now, but you can change that –

    December 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  142. None

    we will miss you †A7X 4 Life †R.I.P The Rev†

    December 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Bobbie

    Did he party with Heath Leager and Micheal Jackson ????????

    December 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Unconfirmed

    All of you that have never even heard of the man and are claiming drug overdose can just stop right there. The fact is that there are people who respected him enough to put that aside. He was an excellent drummer. And ACTUALLY, natural cause of death is all that has been confirmed because there were no signs of any foul play OR drug use. They're still waiting on the toxicology report, which can take weeks. So just stop putting the people down who he influenced. It's stupid.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confirmed

      @ Unconfirmed....don't you feel dumb! The dude died of a drug overdose......

      December 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Christa

    I cant believe he is actually gone! 🙁 im in shock! Love you guys!!!!!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  146. wild ride

    Rev...I can't believe your gone...I just can't believe it. You and your mates were just begining to leave your mark. I personally don't care if nobody else on this planet liked A7X, their music or their lifestyle. I absolutely love their music...I barely listen to anything else. Everything about this band, which was co-founded by The Rev, is special. The band has evolved from metal core to a more melodic progressive rock band, which is amazing in and of itself. The loss of The Rev is tragic for his friends and family...and for me...for selfish reasons because the band will never be the same even if it continues as I hope and expect. The chemistry between these guys, best friend since they were 6 years old, sadly, will not be the same. The Rev was truely a talanted musician as A7X fans know. He not only was a great technical drummer, he sang amazing back up vocals and was an amazing song writer. He wrote the song "Afterlife" and now that just seems erie.

    Everyone speculating that his untimely death was due somehow to drugs, your as foolish as those that use drugs. There has been no autopsy or toxology report...the cause of his death is unknow at this point...have some respect. RIP Rev...i will forever miss your contributitions to the music world.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Kahleb

    man i can't belivel that he is gone how did he died

    December 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Jerry

    im glad he died

    December 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  149. lizzie

    man my cusin and i loved tht band and i cant believe hes dead it insane wow all i want to do is cry RIP!!!!! I WILL MISS U PROMISE

    December 29, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  150. avenged saaraai

    can ppl please not make dumb comment... im cryinnn to death rigth i love him.. i never thoguth such a devastating thing would happend. hes in heaven now n all the good thing he did will b engareved in our memories. i love him. n just like me many others.... hell b in peace =,/

    December 29, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Listen up...

    John Lennon was addicted to heroin and acid for a period, made a point to make fun of the disabled, cheated on both Cynthia and Yoko, and was an all-around a--. But so many people in the world consider him a hero, someone worthy of such intense worship [including myself, yes] because he was a brilliant musician, had passion, had a brilliant mind.

    Jimmy Sullivan died yesterday at the age of twenty-eight. He was an incredible drummer, had a great sense of humour, and had love and passion for what he did...he enjoyed his life. He also took drugs–and by the way, the cause of death hasn't been released, so stop making assumptions. That doesn't take away from everything he contributed in his life. Just because he liked getting high now and then doesn't mean he should be condemned THE DAY AFTER HE DIED for it, and people shouldn't ignore his talent.

    A man died. He has a family, and friends, who are in immense pain right now. Even if you didn't like him or his music or approve of his choices, respect is due.

    And by the way, those of you being all, "If he was so great, why haven't I heard of him?" just...really...get over yourselves. I don't even have words for how much that disgusts me.

    December 29, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Megan

    The Rev was a truly gifted drummer, composer, and vocalist. This is a stunning loss for fans, and I send my condolences to the family and band.
    To those of you who choose to use this time to attack Jimmy for some of his recreational activity:
    "Well, where I'm from we have a special salute we aim high in the air towards all those pompous assholes who spend their days pointing fingers."
    RIP Rev; you will be greatly missed.

    December 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  153. ck

    Wow, people so judgmental or mental. Wait for the autopsy and then see. Avenged Sevenfold extremely talented and extremely wonderful heart ed. The jealousy remarks don't belong. What does belong is
    R. I. P. and thank you! God is our judge not anyone else.
    Jimmy you had amazing talent and brought a lot of love to my family, with you big heart. Thank you! God Bless you!

    December 29, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Shayla

    I think that he was definitely an underrated drummer. It's unfortunate when good, young talent gets taken so soon. The rock and roll community needs to take very good care of themselves, as it's a very demanding and exhausting job, and you never know when your body is gonna say "enough." I send my sincerest condolences to his friends, family, wife and bandmates. There's been far too much death this year.

    December 29, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Jeff

    i cant believe hes gone R.I.P.

    December 29, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Suzanne

    The world has lost a shining star. Why do the brightest shine for so short a time, God Bless you Jimmy and your family

    Jimmy was a friend of my sons and a neighbor here in Huntington Beach.
    You will be missed.

    December 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Mair

    It does not matter what he did or caused his death ... What really matters is that your talent, with very few words and feeling ... You brought us happiness ... hear a song from avenged sevenfold at some point may be the difference between having or not a bad day ... Sometimes even sad and tired, I put my headphones on and with that pace forget everything ... only that moment ... anything ... But now without the Rev this pace will not be the same ... also hate drugs do not condemn it so everyone has their choices if they want to stone someone to look for themselves, think of every shit they did in life ... if they have any criticism, take it and swallow ... that when each of you will die in 1000 criticizing them ... Failing is easy ... is difficult to talk when someone can defend! Rest in peace James Sullivan, will be forever in our hearts! We will miss you soo much ...

    December 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Pesi

    This is a horrible tragedy, he was one of the greatest drummers of all times, and will be missed very dearly but he can keep on rockin' up above. RIP 'Rev' your greatly missed.

    December 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  159. justin

    greatest drummer of all time just passed away.
    R.I.P. you will be missed

    December 29, 2009 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Yer

    Its a very sad and incredible lost... he was the main reason why I like so much A7X...My heart goes to his family and A7X of the best bands ever with an exceptional drummer!!! R.I.P. my friend!

    December 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  161. B.L.

    As a musician he always had my upmost respect and admiration. As a man he accomplish what so many only dream of including myself. This is truly a sad day for me, many others, and our thinning world of true masterful musicianship. The world of metal just lost a true legend in the making.

    December 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Matt fugate

    I don't even know how to react. It's hard to accept the fact that my inspiration for everything I play is gone. It's a rough fact but all good things must end. He was a legend in drumming and in my opinion ranks up with Neil peArt. He will be missed but never forgotten. R.I.P. "Rev"

    December 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  163. scar face

    in my defense he was the best drummer in the rock/metal world today
    u will be greatly missed jimmy. R.I.P

    December 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Reality Check

    Awesome I'm going to do drugs and die early so I can become loved and a rock n roll legend and hopefully as he will I will also go in the rock n roll hall of fame for doing lots of drugs and dying early and fucking upsetting all my fans and ruining a great band because I did so much drugs and was so proud of it 🙂

    December 29, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Shocked

    If you have never heard of this man, or if you don't like his music, why do you feel the need to comment? Let the people who have respect show it and stop bashing on the guy. This isn't the time for you to preach about how bad drugs are. Everyone knows drugs are bad. RIP Rev. I love your sound and I believe you are talented no matter what anyone says.

    December 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Sarah

    I can't believe he's actually gone...I saw them live on March 30th of this year, and they were spectacular! He will be greatly missed by many, many people. Love you Rev!!!! My deepest sympathies to all his friends and family, RIP.

    December 29, 2009 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Drumm3r4God

    This guy was my idol and his memory will live on-carry out the legacy and listen to only the albums with the rev on it. avenged sevenfold will never be the same without him

    December 29, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
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  169. Anatomy

    What a tragedy! We lost a major piece of American culture with Jimmy Sullivan's passing. He perfected technical drumming where others produced mere mediocrity. His vocal prowess surpassed others in his band and added a much needed edge to their sound. His artistic compositions borderlined on perfection. His vision and leadership were an absolute inspiration. He will be dearly missed. My heart goes out to his band, his friends, and his family.

    December 29, 2009 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Xtein

    truly a day not to forget. he was most definitely one of the worlds most talented drummers. rest in peace james. your in your own little peace of heaven now.

    December 29, 2009 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  171. cfrank

    RIP sad that hes gone..but y was he called "The Rev?

    December 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Rush

    He was no Neil Peart.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Alison_1979

    A few things to say....

    1. Reality Check is right. Whether or not the facts are in, the drugs would have created an easier scenerio for whatever may have happened to happen. They destroy a person's system as well as their lives. Whichever way this young man died, the drugs just made it easier for him to succumb to it.
    2. Greatest Drummer of ALL TIME?!?! Says the 18 year olds who have never actually studied the history of rock music, and just super idolize a good drummer. Not saying there's anything wrong with that, but if we're going to be talking about facts....
    3. Nobody that I could see was dismissing the importance of his death in anyway because he was a drug user. The message may be that although you can look up to him for his talent, his lifestyle left MUCH to be desired.
    4. Whoever said drugs are not "bad" needs to go to rehab - stat! There are drugs out there that even if only tried once can get you hooked and the spiral goes on from there. And to the person who said that drug addiction is a disease is in serious denial about the strength of human will and the desire for a better life. An addiction - of anykind - is an attempt to create an escape from reality in some way/shape/form. The addiction part comes from the escape being better than reality, and beating an addiction has to do with making your reality better than the addiction. Wanting more out of life than the narrow world of getting high, and desiring a real quality of life.
    Now, those about to protest.... what would you say if I told you that I actually LOVED the Rev, and am greatly saddened by his passing. However, let's not confuse the superiority of his talent with the demons of his addiction. Healthy bodies live long lives. That's the bottom line.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  174. shannyn

    this is one sa day to anyonw who listens to amazing music i cant believe it:(

    December 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Brandon

    I am a musician and I follow music very closely. The only place where "The Greatest Drummer of All Time" actually exists is in the eyes of the single music fan. There's really no "Greatest Drummer of All Time." That being said... The first time I heard Avenged Sevenfold back in 2003, the first thing that stuck out at me was the DRUMS. The Rev wasn't your average rock/metal/punk drummer, this dude was a pure badass and could play circles around PLENTY of the drumming heavyweights of our generation. Better than at least 98% of the drummers you hear on your "New Rock" station. True 1-in-a-million skills this guy had, and FAST. Anyone coming here just to say he wasn't the greatest of all time is just spinning wheels and typing for no reason...speaking the plain and obvious. But guess what... None of this matters. The man has died. His greatness was never fully revealed because he left us far too soon. It hits home because I'm a month older than this guy, and I'm in a band with people that I love and would miss dearly if any one of them ever left us like this, no matter if it was drugs or alcohol or suicide or whatever killed him.... Jimmy, you'll be missed man, hope you are up there in Heaven jamming with Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Buckley.... And Chuck Schuldiner from Death. Rest in peace brother.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
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  177. kayna7x

    I agree with Carli7x. This is a serious tragedy to all of those who have followed Avenged Sevenfold from the beginning. I have spent the better part of 10 years following this amazing band and it's really repulsive to think how someone could target such an amazing artists' personal problems at a time when so many people are suffering over this loss. Yes, we all knew he had a drug problem because he made it very publicly known. Nobody's perfect and that was his choice. But harsh words and being judgemental isn't going to make the situation better. Yes he should have gotten help over it, but ultimately, it was his choice. I wish the best for the band. They are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope to see them continue making awesome music and I hope they know that all of the true fans are there for them and will back them in whatever they do. The Rev will never be able to be replaced completely. But I will ALWAYS stand beside Avenged Sevenfold.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Will R.

    R.I.P "reverend" you will be missed. best drummer in my eyes

    December 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Alex

    I can't believe he is gone. He was an amazing drummer. It's probly going to be hard to find a drummer as fast as him. RIP JIMMY!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  180. sam

    wow a lot of people are ignorant idiots, you don't even know who he was or the band he was in, and yet your calling him a drug addict and its his fault he died, THEY HAVENT EVEN GIVEN A REPORT THAT HE DIED FROM DRUGS, grow up you senseless ignorant idiots, your the problem with half the world, LISTEN TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM, ITS FOR MORONS LIKE YOURSELVES. RIP rev and GOD BLESS ALL A7X FANS, FRIENDS AND THE BAND

    peace out.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Dani

    –i am a HUGE fan of Aenged sevenfold. and these guys are my heros. ive been following their work for years..and in a way i agree with the reality check guy. i believe it was drugs and drinking tht caused his death and i believe tht it is his own fault. which kills me even more=/
    - hes not my hero bc of his drug and alcohol addiction.. but for otehr things. same with the rest of the band. i abs love each and every one of them with all my heart and im completely devistated.
    –what i have to disagree with about the reality check person.. is they are my heros..100% and im a COMPLETE straight edge girl. ive never done any sort of drugs and never drank. but they are still my heros. james was a great great drummer and he will always be in my heart. lets pray for all that he left behind.. the band, family, fans, even his pets. <3 he will be greatly missed

    December 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Kwaku

    I can't believe that he's gone.... so inspirational to me.... Avenged Sevenfold is (possibly was (hopefully not)) one of my favorite bands and I can't believe that he's gone...

    Jimmy, save me "a little piece of heaven" for me by the time I get there.


    December 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  183. shocked

    I am saddened to hear about the death of "The Rev" and I am in complete shock to see that some people seem to think that this is the time and place to spew negativity. Regardless of how he died, the FACT is that a 28 year old man is dead. A wife is mourning the loss of her husband, parents are grieving for their son, and his friends are saddened to see his life cut short. Lets all put ourselves in their shoes – how would we feel if someone we loved died suddenly and a bunch of people we've never met were passing judgement on them! Yes drugs are terrible and ruin the lives of those who become addicted but there is nothing out there that states for a FACT that this man's death is the direct result of drug abuse!

    Also, do we really need to disregard the opinions of his fans by debating over who the best drummer is? They lost someone who made them happy. If you don't agree that's fine but don't disrespect them – especially now. Let them grieve and save your rantings for another time and place!

    To all of the fans, family and friends of James Sullivan, I am sorry for your loss. To all of the negative individuals please think of someone other than yourself right now and let those who loved him grieve without your opinions!

    December 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Flashburn

    Flashburn will be performing in his honor this week in Las Vegas.

    Rest in peace brother, may you never encounter an uncomfortable throne again.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  185. WAR EAGLE

    I am so tired of seeing extreamly taltented people die while crap acts like Brittney Spears still live on. SHE DOES NOT EVEN SING AT HER CONCERTS, JUST LIP-SYNCS!!!!! You will be missed REV!!!! Hope you get to play with the greats in Heaven.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  186. mrmean

    meh far from the greatest drummer and honestly A7X was nothing more than commercial rock crap like every other band being thrown in our faces these days. thats not to say im here to bash this guy, its truely sad for those he left behind but think about it before long you'll see A7X music on kidz bop cd's. good bands are a thing of the past in my opinion. dont get so emotional about these bands and certainly dont be suprised when these addicts accidently kill themselves. wake up people DRUGS KILL! commercial rock SUX

    December 29, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Ralph

    Just because you're a drummer in a rock and roll band and you die, doesnt necessarily make you one of the best drummers around or one of the best drummers in history. Please.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  188. another drummer

    ...he definitely lived the rock star life...and after 20 years of trying to make that happen for myself...I don't have a band now and I'm an Engineer (the elephant grave yard of the music world)...I am totally jealous of the REV...if someone told me that I could pick between a life in an office and live forever or the life of a rockstar drummer with an early death...definitley would pick being a drummer...longevity is overated...he had a crazy party going on all his life!!! In my eyes he is the winner!!! I would have only been so lucky to live sooo hard and die so quick...sounds like a blessing to me...all of us have to live mediocre lives and for a long time...if you ask me Hell is on Earth and Death is the Great Escape...sometimes people fly so high above the earth they are not allowed to return. Great Work ' kicked my ass and inspired me to go for it till my heart stops!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  189. mike

    His band ripped off OVERKILL!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Big Tex

    For all of you saying he was a great drummer, let's just put 2 and 2 together. Under his own admission, he did a large amount of drugs. Nonetheless, it stands to reason that he would then be "high" when playing his instrument. Thus, to say he was a great drummer under his own right would not be just. Perhaps the one that was really the great drummer that you all claim was the demon that possessed this young man when he played his drums while being "high". A true test for his talent would be to play drums while sober and see if he would have that great sound everyone claims. But, then again, to Mr. Sullivan's defense, can anyone name a great drummer that is not "high" when playing their instrument?

    December 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Joseph diryawish

    Avenged sevenfold and jimmy's family, I'm terribly sorry about your loss. My friend and I were really upset when we found out what happened.. We love you guys and are going to keep the memory of James "The Rev" Sullivan in our hearts. Rest in piece James. We all loved you very much.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  192. JMZ

    He was an amazing drummer who also contributed with songwriting and furious backing vocals to M Shadows. Can he even be replaced? RIP...."A place of hope and no pain, perfect skies with no rain"

    December 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  193. L

    All I have to say is; What a stupid band

    December 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Ed

    The hard living got to him. It is not worth it, it is not cool. Please be careful out there.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  195. teo

    I, like many others here,have never heard of the guy,but it doesn't detract from his talents.While I may think that the whole punk/metal gendre sounds like cats mating mixed with a junkyard explosion,it is solely my personal opinion. Hopefully his limited contributions will stand the test of time.
    Many great artists die young by virtue of their genius/madness,Towne VanZandt, Charley Parker, Morrison,Joplin..... VanGaugh. Many die because of excesses in lifestyle,and many die due to natural causes or freak accidents., it's the nature of the beast called life.I'll reserve judgement of his personal drug habits till after the autopsy ,and even then will temper my judgement separately from his musical talent. RIP

    December 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  196. JT

    Never even heard of this group, how does this classify as even news?

    Kids probably died of drub abuse, in which case you reap what you sew.

    Take note kiddies!

    December 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  197. kevin conway

    Dumb. But we'll all go to Sherlock Holmes..Money money money.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  198. sensiboy

    Great band. REALITY CHECK is a hater along with those that agree with him. RIP Rev. Dont let them drag you down.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Travis

    James death is a major loss to the music community and he will be missed

    ok for reality check yes in the past the band had some issues with drugs but the did make a public effort to clear up the drugs in their lives and if you read yes there is an investigation but his death is being considered natural casues

    but do agree drugs are bad no matter wat they are.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  200. rika

    you'd never imagine that it would come so quick and unexpectant to someone so loved and never expect these things to happen. But they do happen. And this is where the Rev has burnt a hole in our hearts and left a wonderful scar of memory the greatest drummer and person he was and was to become. I wish the family and friends the very best and will keep him in my prayers.

    PV2 Gaines, Sherika

    December 29, 2009 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  201. usama

    im a really big avenged sevenfold band just go so addicted to their music the first time i heared it after now seeing the rev dead im just really sad and i hope the band doesnt fall apart but it is gunabe so rare to replace a drummer like the rev he is a true legend avenged sevenfold are the best band ever and without the rev it mostly wont be the same R.I.P jimmy :'(

    December 29, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Ben

    Why is everyone so quick to jump to saying it's drugs and nothing else? Are you guys really that closed minded to say that he overdosed on drugs just because he was a rock star? They haven't even completed the autopsy yet and you guys are quick to jump to conclusions.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  203. josh

    well...idk what yo say i dont wanna see another drummer and i dont wanna loose a7x ...he made there last album great R.I.P REV

    December 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Hexx

    Leave it to idiots to come and bash a man after he's gone and cannot defend himself. According to medical reports, the poor guy had an enlarged heart, and it's a miracle he lived this long with the stress his body went through being one hell of a drummer. Respect this man, and his family in their time of mourning and save your self-righteous BS for another time.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Donnalisa

    RIP Rev~
    say Hi to my friend John Fowler up there would ya!

    December 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Sad

    Although I dont know of him, I have gathered that he was quite talented. That being said, it is tragic that he has passed away not because he was talented but because he was alive.

    It is a shame that the talent (and his life) was cut short by drugs like Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger and many others. These are not kids. They were all adults who destroyed their lives. This needs to be recognized along with his death in the hope that it might prevent others from following the same fate.

    He was not a hero. He was a drug addict. That is tragic enough for me.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Medic4Life

    He was an amazing drummer but I agree with RealityCheck and TrudyBird, I've seen too many good people OD or kill themselves on drugs. It's a piss poor way to go and it leaves everyone around them feeling guilty for not trying to stop them while they had the chance. His death was selfish and idiotic, a pointless way to go... especially when he had achieved so much.

    RIP Rev, hopefully people learn from your example.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  208. metoo

    Jimmy, love you man.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  209. charlie schneider

    dude i cant believe this. seriously he was like one of the best drummers ever

    December 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Niki

    Sorry for your loss to his family and friends and fans. And posters, please remember, it's not just the street drugs that kill. Prescription meds kill just as many people, if not more. (Listen and read the darn side affects disclaimers!) Why do people abuse substances to the point of permanently harming their body? Because it's easier to cover up the issues that haunt them than face reality. And over the course of time, it requires higher dosages to get the desired affect. Plain and simple. Doesn't make you a bad person, just a person who makes bad decisions. Your body is a temple.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Ashley

    i in no way condone the use of drugs..never did them never want to, but remember, the rev was a son, friend, husband, and a great drummer. And so what if he wasn't "popular" in mainstream, he was considered a drum god in the rock/metal world. i'm lucky to have seen him 3 times in concert cuz he's one of the best to be personally. my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and band members. if a7x chooses to continue on..he won't be easily replaced, nor will he ever fully be in the hearts of true a7x fans. Rev, you're missed terribly and hope you are at peace! RIP Jimmy "Rev" Sullivan

    December 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  212. jhoward

    I don't understand how in this day and age, where literally 100's of rock musicians have died of needless drug overdoses (and the lessons are plastered all over record covers, magazines, tv),...that people still think they can out run fate? there are very few like keith richards who can take it and still remain touring, bright and sharp at 65. this guy the rev, who most thought of as a funny, talented double bass metal drummer, should have known better and respected his many fans enough not to abuse gear all the time. Natural causes my ass, we all know these young deaths are brought on by years of prior abuse and a majority of poor choices. just look at Iron Maiden, that's how you want to go in peace brother but you should've never been doing the coke you claimed to be doing in that revolver article.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  213. sara

    its the drugs a7x needs 2 get off the drugs!!!!!!! seriously get off of them if the rev is dead then m shadows zacky vengence and syn gates and jonny christ will die soon GET OFF THE DRUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  214. DallasMarine

    That's one less customer for the drug dealers.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Phuku

    meh. another junkie bites the dust.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Mike in Toronto

    Who? Another punk drug overdose makes news highlights...come on CNN...what, Tiger wasn't seen with another woman today for you to report on so you had bandwidth?

    Can you folks try to focus on real news for a change before we start thinking you are Fox.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Hahahahahaha

    Must have been Al Qaeda! They are everywhere!

    December 29, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  218. david

    i'm by no means supporting his lifestyle but if killing yourself with drugs DQs you from being a talented musician how many do we have left you jerks. plus, like mentioned before he wasnt just a celeb but a person too.

    i couldnt sleep til almost 5am because of the rev's passing. RIP jimmy, see you in the next life.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Samuel Paulson

    Ha, CNN won't post my comment because I said that Avenged Sevenfold isn't a good band, even though I expressed my condolences. Fuck you CNN, this is why you're last place among cable news.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Jeremy

    Look it's sad that his family lost him and sad that another life is snuffed out short. But he wasn't that great of a drummer. When you talk about great drummers you should be mentioning Muse, Filter/Smashing Pumpkins/A Perfect Circle, Tool, or Rage against the Machine/ Audioslave. Just 'cause he OD'ed does not make him great.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Gabriel Logan

    Lars Ulrich is much better than this guy.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Melissa

    i've always liked music but it wasn't untill i discorvered A7X that I loved it. I feel for the band and for jimmy's family i can't even begin to imagine how they must feel. Regardless of how he died this a tragedy and the world of music has lost one of the most amazing drummers it has ever seen. R.I.P. Rev you are forever in our hearts avenged will never be the same with out you.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Dialog Spy

    Reading all of this makes me sad. I have never heard the guy drum and yes, drugs are bad. But damn. Give people a chance to mourn a loss. Yes, there are a million people beating the skins that would have given anything to have the shot he had...maybe less than 1% had his gift...people who are gifted often reach out for drugs as a way to quiet their minds...maybe he was fighting depression. Whatever. The guy, a kid really, has passed on. His choice should not be an excuse for people to bash the dead.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Klinkster

    I forgot Keith Moon of The Who – one of the best drummers ever...

    December 29, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Klinkster

    Be sad that someone who you thought was talented, died. But don't make them a hero. Heroes/idols shouldn't do drugs. They always lose! Here's a list of heroes that preceeded this guy:

    Elvis Presley
    Jimi Hendrix
    Jani Joplin
    Mama Cass
    John Bonham
    Bon Scott
    John Belushi
    Chris Farley
    Sam Kinison

    December 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Your Mama

    I wonder what kind of Drugs he OD'd on.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  227. anthonybrock12

    R.I.P The REV!!! You were so awesome... Sad time for the music industry. I really hope this doesn't kill the band (I seriously doubt it will but you never know...)

    December 29, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  228. travis medina

    he was one of the best drummers that lived. he helped made a7x the way they r today. im so upset I never got to see him live... r.i.p. brother

    December 29, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Brandon

    oh and also everyone sayin its from drugs, check other news sites they say he died from natural causes not OD and you need to remember don't believe everything you hear so im not disagreeing with u im just sayin sympathize please........R.I.P. James Owen Sullivan (the rev) you will be missed beyond belief.

    December 29, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  230. TrudyBird

    I never heard of the young man either. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate a talented musician. Sorry for the loss... truly. However, I do agree with Reality Check. If he killed himself with drugs he should not be looked to as a hero. He may have been talented, but it sounds as though he was a very sick individual addicted to some deadly drugs. It's all so very, very sad. It's sad for everyone affected by this.
    Don't do drugs. They destroy lives and so many suffer around the user.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Brandon

    Im speechless, stunned, and sad.......Im glad i got to meet him before he passed......A7X is my fave band so i hope they still tour and make music but it will be tough to find a drummer with half the skill let alone the personality he had made so many laugh and smile .....R.I.P. James Owen Sullivan (the rev) you will be missed beyond belief.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Steve

    Since this group appeared to take its name from the bible, we need to look at another bible truth: you reap what you sow, more than you sow, later than you sow. You can sow to self-indulgence of any kind, or you can sow to the Spirit of God thru a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The choice is up to each one. May God comfort this family in the time of loss. And may many of you turn to the One who loves you so much He died in your place.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  233. smokecheck

    Reality Check.....Exactly right! DON'T DO DRUGS!

    December 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Carli7x

    To all the low life scum that have only terrible things to say about such amazing talent, and are complete no-nothings about music, obviously you don't know anything about this band. I cant even begin to comprehend what type of people would seriously disrespect someone like that during the time that people, like myself, are still mourning. How boring must your life be to actually sit there and type trash on someone who just passed? I pity you.
    A7X played music for the complete joy of it, not for the money, they make that known. fyi (:
    Other than that, I look up to them as musicians and talented people who came from nothing and made amazing music. And it's a shame and a tragedy to lose a part of a band who makes such music and has a creative style that this band has. And also, let us, the Avenged Sevenfold fans, mourn our loss with dignity. Save your rude, pathetic comments, if you must, for a later time.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  235. BigRed

    He was one of the best drummers ive ever heard and he will be missed. R.I.P. The Rev

    December 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  236. wiccankitten

    I didn't know who he was,either, but my thoughts,sympathies,and prayers are w/his fans,family,friends,and bandmates. RIP.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Tord

    We we always remember you Jimmy <3

    December 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  238. P3

    Rock n Roll is great! Drugs are just stupid. How many times do you have to see it proven? How many artists need to die before you get it?
    I love Avenged Sevenfold, but I have no pity for the Rev. He died due to his own absolute stupidity. DRUGS KILL.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Mom of Heroin Addict

    My son will be devastated byt his news, this was his favorite band. Drug abuse took this young man's life too soon....some say in their comments "he should have quit". If it were that easy, there would be no drug addiction. Opiate addiction is an epidemic in our country. Young people that think using heroin, Oxy's, etc. are asking to be sucked into a painful, life altering addiction.

    Please....anyone who reads this, stay away from these drugs...they will own you. They may destroy you. I love my son, but I don't know how long I will have him on this earth. He's only 19.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  240. amanda

    RIP jimmy

    December 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  241. ahmedajad

    The best drummer ever. oh man im crying so hard right now.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Stephenie

    Jimmy was and still is my favorite drummer. He will be missed by everyone. My prayers go to Avenged Sevenfold and Jimmy's family. May he rest in peace. And his family, friends, and fans morn this loss. WE LOVE YOU JIMMY "The Rev" Sullivan!

    December 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Jay

    Did all you cast this judgement when the "Greats" of your time ended in the same place as Rev? Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Buloshi and any other performer you consider excellent, above average, or the best of the best that made some of the same choices as Rev did. Does it take away from the talent they posessed? No it doesn't, maybe some of you stone throwers ought to take a moment out of your Rev life choice bashing and listen to what he did, you cant miss a beat of what that man did with his talent when you listen to Avenged Sevenfold. And Im not talking about the singer or the guitar, I am talking about his sheer engergized excellent drum playing. Maybe then you will see why all these fans you call "kids" are sad to see his passing. I am 39 and was floored to hear he passed on, so were my children and nieces and nephews. Young and older people who can enjoy music without biased know this man's talents and know what a true loss the music world has suffered! Who's to say this man wouldnt have become one of the cherished few you consider the greatest, to some of us he already was. And if you think that today's society is so easily persuaded by music to henious things to their minds and bodies, you have seriously under-esitmated the youth of our nation. And as the rest of Rev's fans have stated, RIP man, you may be gone but your talent and music will not be forgotten.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  244. just me

    Hmmm....I didn't read anywhere in the article that he died of an overdose or drug use. I'm I missing something? So far, isn't the cause of dealth unknown? Besides that, Avenged Sevenfold is one of my favorite bands. This would be a sad situation even if they weren't. It's not time to cut down music that others enjoy. To each their own, right? It's just a time to be respectful. This mans family and loved ones are going through a very difficult time. As I'm sure they don't read what is on here....imagine they did. And imagine how they would feel seeing some of the messages you are leaving. Just be respectful....its so much easier than being hateful.

    RIP and your music will be missed.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  245. shhme3

    . RIP fellow drummer.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Natalie

    RIP Angel...

    December 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Joe

    CNN, please stop mentioning twitter in seemingly EVERY article you write. It really hurts your credibility and makes you appear to be written by kids in junior high.

    My condolences to his family... 28 is just too young.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Zack

    Lets keep the negative comments out of here, guys. Someone has died.

    Wether you've heard of him or not, I can say this man was an amazing and talented young individual in an amazing band.

    Sad to see them go so young. RIP.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Erika

    NOOOO I love him :(((((((( I'm crying and I nevr cry over deaths :(((((((((((((((

    December 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  250. RIP Rev

    His style of drumming was no other drummer of this era, his style is what made avenged sevenfold what they are today.

    Reality Check: yes he used drugs but that should not take away from how good of a musician he was.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  251. cloudy

    jungle clone says "He's so talented that I never heard of him. . . . was great he'd be known by more then the trendy few who listen to the music." So, only people signed to recording contracts with big media budgets can be "great" musicians? Man, that's just beyond assinine. "great" musicians are those who use their instrument in a creative and unique way, in some cases mastering the instrument technically, in other cases producing great art within a limited (but effective) grasp of technique. I know a lot of great musicians that SHOULD be nationally or globally known – your attitude is what keeps radio sucking and great artists anonymous.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Kris

    James Owen Sullivan, you were one of the coolest guys to ever walk to planet, or hit the skins. Me and members of an Avenged messageboard can't stop talking about what a loss this is. You had impact on a lot of lives, and you will never be forgotten.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Sirenio

    he is in heaven now

    December 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  254. cody

    it was my fave band the rev made me laff so hard in his videos that were posted on youtube they will nver find a drummer as great as he was

    December 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  255. j. stonewall

    Get smart stupid!!!!!
    Doing drugs is not cool so why are so many smart talented folks doing it?? Answer: We are all led to believe it is the "cure all" for our problems. Drugs has become a huge factor in our economy. The rich and powerful in our country would like to see all of you on drugs as long as their kids are able to steer clear and they are able to live in the nice areas free of drugs. Let's get smart and turn this around. Let's let the people who is responsible for top level dealing and transporting boat and plane loads of drugs sell, die and go to jail for their own investments.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  256. A7X Army

    RIP are what made A7X unique...your sound and talent will be all of you people who are bashing him simply because you've never heard of him, I got a message for you. Just because someone is not in the spotlight or in the mainstream does not mean they are/were not talented. There are plenty of musicians out there that you'll never hear of that have unimaginable talent. Judging by the comments some people are leaving on here they make it seem as if only mainstream musicians have talent...idiots...Its just sad when the wrong decisions in life lead to an early exit.

    I hope in your ETERNAL REST you enjoy the AFTERLIFE in your own LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN...A7X For Life

    December 29, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Mistylynn

    The only good thing to come out of this young man's life that was cut short WAY too short, is that everyone that is taking drugs and thinks that it will not hurt your body now knows that it does. I pray that God comforts the family at this time. Maybe his fans will get the message. DON'T DO DRUGS

    December 29, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Krista

    No matter what anyone says, your memory will live on. Your among the angels now. Drum on Rev. Drum on.

    Life choices are the only ones you'll ever have, make them well.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |

    He is one of the drummers that inspired me to drum. His death will never be forgotten. RIP

    December 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Cassie.

    Man. It is so sad that he died 🙁 I loved him! He was my favorite drummer.

    RIP "The Rev"
    You will be missed, but your music will live on.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  261. shawn

    rev we all love you and we will miss you terribly much love and no matter what always an a7x fan. Shawn

    December 29, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Dave

    It is a sad day when any person dies. It is inevitable that we all will but always a shock when it happens. The true merit of worth a person had is the freinds he leaves behind. Obviously he had a great fan follwing. May he find peace with the Lord.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  263. D.B. Cooper

    Instead of crying you guys should be crying out for the person who hooked him on the junk. Drugs ruin another persons life.
    drugs kill!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  264. andy1

    Like they say "you live by the sword, you die by the sword". This guy may have a been a good drummer, but his life ultimately was defined by what ended his life. He left behind a lot of saddened people because he couldn't stay off the stuff. Stupid. I'm sure glad he wasn't an idol to my kids.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  265. blake Fleming

    OMG this is a total upset i cant beleive it play in hell like you played on earth R.I.P

    December 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Jessica

    wow...all you people are rediculous! the poor kid just DIED! and all you have to say is "well he shouldnt have done all thouse drugs" well yes, maybe he made some poor decisions, but it was HIS choice and HIS life style, so jesus, keep your incredibly rude comments to yourself and if your going to say ANYTHING let it just be RIP.

    RIP James Sullivan, you will be missed, this was a great loss to all. my condolences go out to all family and friends.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Caren

    What a great band and a fantastic drummer.... Too soon...R. I. P

    December 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Chris

    Wow, whoever posted "Reality Check" is being completely disrespectful. Sullivan was one of the most talented drummers in the world, drugs or not. Not only that but he was fun-loving and cared about the quality of his work. Kids, you do want this to be your role model. RIP Jimmy.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  269. sister_b

    Where has it officially been announced that this was an OD? It's possibly fair to say that PAST drug use could be a factor in his early death, but let's wait for the autopsy before we put Jimmy on the ever-growing OD list. And to all those trashing his work and the fans' music tastes, have some respect for his family, friends, and fans who may be reading this. He was human, like all of us posting. He had faults. Let those who love him for whatever reasons they may have to do so remember him fondly without marring it with disrespect. The gesture of keeping your cynicism and disrespect to yourself may be returned by at least a few if someone you've looked up to ever passes on unexpectedly. RIP Jimmy. You won't be forgotten.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Kay Dex

    Sorry the Rev is gone but to say he is the greatest drummer of all time if really pushing it –

    December 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  271. saddened

    Addiction is such a sad thing. People can have the world and yet they can't see past their next high.
    I am a fan of The Rev and Avenged. Some people have used this post to hate against him and his band instead of leaving a nice note of respect and condolence. Was your comments necessary? No.
    Avenged has put on one of the best concerts I've been to in a long time. It was full of energy and die hard fans. That's not the norm at concerts these days.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Don't waste the tears

    We've idolized these drug addict, hard partying rock stars for 6 decades now and for me the message is still the same. Enjoy the music, if that is your taste, but don't be too sad when they overdose and accidentally kill themselves. Sorry the music is gone but don't tell me that you are shocked or surprised. Separate the music and "wanting to be like them" and you'll be fine.
    One thing is for sure. There isn't going to be enough junk to go around in heaven to keep them all high.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  273. what a waste

    What a waste of good talent. But we all have our demons

    December 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  274. under the dome

    drugs... what a winner.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Michael

    Another sad rock and roll story ending with an untimely death. May he have peace in his passing.
    Oh and by the way, he was not the best drummer...the worlds best drummer is still alive, Neil Peart!

    December 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  276. smbitterman

    Defintely a sad day in music. The Rev was a phenomenal drummer and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and bandmates. Rock on, Rev!

    December 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Meh

    I can't people are saying he's the greatest drummer of all time. He's not even close! Yea he was a decent drummer but Neil Pert, Mike Portnoy, Buddy Rich – those are great drummers. Even most drummers in technical/progressive metal bands are better than the Rev.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  278. snickerswiggle

    How disgusting that people would come here solely to bash someone who has died. I realize that the great internets gives you the power to voice your opinion on anything... but a little human decency wouldn't go amiss, people. Love or hate their music, a man died. No matter the reason of death, there are people who will miss him.

    RIP Rev, the world won't be the same without you.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snickerswigglekiller

      The world would be alot better if you died with him!

      September 10, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  279. Jess

    Luv u Rev ... You will never be forgotten. xoxoxoxo RIP

    December 29, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Sam

    I love all these comments like, "The greatest drummer of all time".

    Really? I follow music, especially the rock genre quite extensively and I've never even heard of this guy. I doubt the common music fans could even name more than one song by this band.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  281. William

    I consider the best drummer in the world. The technical aspects and melodic aspects of the music expressed his inner most feelings. This day is a day to mourn for the music community.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Michael


    There is no information suggesting currently that it was a drug overdose. He was a good drummer and some would say a great drummer. For those who say he wasnt great, time tells that, not us. Hendrix, Joplin, and Cobain were great and became legendary because they died. Dont take from his achievements and until you know, show some respect and stop slandering a dead man who never did anything to any of you.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Jill

    i am going to say this. I'm tired of seeing people posting negative things about him on here. If you don't like him/the band then why did you even read the article?! You get on here saying all this mean stuff about him -a young man who JUST DIED! Please let his family and his friends and the fans that truely cared remember him and let us all realize that our lives could be cut short. Yes, the drugs probably didnt have much help on his life. Who cares?! he's young. 28!!! thats just way too young. So everyone thats posting the negative comments... just keep them to yourselves and dont start typing. just click that little red X at the top of the screen. Thank you.

    RIP REV.... you were truely an amazing drummer! A7X will never be the same.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Ben

    jr – "Remember, kids, being prejudiced and taking one's own worldview as more important than actual facts is the worst thing in the world. Ideologues are NOT YOUR HEROES...mmkay?"

    Get a clue. He was speaking the truth. Can't handle it? Tough. Deal with it. Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Ugh

    Hey CNN,

    Twitter quotes aren't real sources. Way to dampen the sadness of this news with a ridiculous non-quote. Lazy journalism.


    December 29, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Mattski

    What REALITYCHECK said.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  287. sakura_blossom

    Drug abuse is a disease, just as diabetes and cancer is. I am guessing "The Rev" lost his battle.

    He was an amazing drummer, and I'm so blessed to have seen them in 2008.

    Amen to "Be Considerate" for their post.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  288. mark k

    R.I.P. Rev you will be sadly missed.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Doc

    Kids these days will worship any "bad-boy" rolemodel with an instrument and blood shot eyes. I think its so stupid that these people throw their lives away and leave behind a trail of their bad behavior imprinted on our children/friends/family. Do not look up to The Rev as a hero or a role model, sure he played drums well... maybe better than most... but the way he lived his life should not be imitated unless you rly dont care about the people who love you.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  290. A7X has my Heart

    REALITY CHECK – Not the time or place to be posting things like this. Although what you're saying may or may not have truth, fans and family are mourning all across the globe. A7X is my favorite band, and you have offended quite a few people. You don't have any place to tell people who to look up or not to look up to. So for now, keep the comments to yourself.

    RIP Rev, we love you and you will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Name witheld pending legal opinion

    How could MTV have named them the best new artist in 2006? In 2006 they had already been around for 7 years and had released 3 albums. 18 year old girls already had the band's logo tattooed on their chests. Boo pop culture, boo. It chews up and spits out too many good people.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  292. almost has been

    Rev – You're an idiot. You were just handed something that I fought to get for 20 years and didn't ever achieve and now you p*ssed it away like a $5 note that you found on the sidewalk. You had the chance to go down in history as one of the greatest but you traded that in... all for the love of a fix. Bonehead.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  293. matt finch

    Rev.......he is my hero.......the greatest drummer of all time......... him and m shadows brought out the one can replace him his style and music will live on in all of our hearts.

    December 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Suzanne Miller

    so sorry to hear of another young rocker gone too

    December 29, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Abe

    God bless his soul. This really sucks, he was an extra-ordinarily awesome drummer. I hope we never forget him. and how this band introduced the greater side of metal music. I give him my best regards.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Whiplash588

    Wow, that sucks... He is almost as good as Danny Carey... Sad day for the music industry...

    December 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Jeremy

    It is sad for kids these days to lose some of their hard-partying idols to the side effects of their lifestyle. My heart goes out to them and the families that were close to "The Rev". I know this will serve as a lesson to at least some of his fans, so that is something positive we can glean from this.
    That said, this guy may have had potential that was cut short, but he was certainly not the greatest modern drummer. I would lean toward Danny Carey of Tool and Pygmy Love Circus fame.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Vitor

    My name is Victor and I'm from Brazil. I am a big fan of the band and was shocked at the news that the Rev died, I could not believe it and so far I do not.
    I think the world of music will no longer be the same without him
    and I wanted to leave a message on behalf of all fans of A7X, we will support you and who also never, never even more, we forget the Rev

    rest in peace in their little piece of heaven, friend

    December 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  299. James

    Too bad, most of you only heard their latest stuff. Their early stuff is awesome. You'll be missed Rev.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  300. ARTicWolf

    RIP Jimmy. Your work was awesome, and you were a brilliant person and musician. I also hope the remaining guys of a7x can find peace in this.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Josh

    Sad that the most talented people in the world are also the most troubled. I am sorry that this amazing talent is no longer with us, his drug usage finally caught up to him. RIP.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  302. racman

    It is very sad to lose such a great drummer, I do have to agree with REALITY CHECK though, you do the drugs and alcohol enough and the body will give out. Both my kids are musicians and I will be having this discission with them this evening since they both love and admire A7X.
    My sympathies to the family and band members he left behind.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Irony

    It's so ironic that he wrote the song "Afterlife" which refers to a man who has died but isn't ready yet. The man feels he has far too much yet to accomplish on earth and he needs more time before he comes back to this place. How perfect and sad that this would be the case for the song's writer.

    RIP James "The Reverend Tholomew Plague" Sullivan.

    My dearest regards for one of my greatest (musical) influences

    December 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Bobbi

    I have never heard of him or his band, I'm sure he was talented but what good is talent when you die so young. I miss MJ everyone knew his music and talent. I am sorry that again another young man dies more than likely because of his lifesyle. My Sympathies to his family.
    People wake up stop doing drugs if you want to live.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  305. venom678

    dude................. this ...... is probably one of the worst tragedys yet to the rock/ gunge/ metal genres................. James "the rev" Sulliven RIP ur wild ride is over.......................................... thanks for giving us the gift of ur art

    December 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Be Considerate

    For those who are completely inconsiderate at the Revs death because he died of a drug overdose: BIG DEAL. You don't turn someone's memory away because he or she did drugs, that is a personal choice and shouldn't be judged. It doesn't change the fact that he was an extremely talented and unique drummer that in my mind will never be able to be replaced. Shame to those who are so cynical to scoff at someones death because of an unfortunate choice on their part.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  307. J. Ripper

    ^ Not to imply that The Rev did a suicide. Just comparing his greatness in the rock world and an early death.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Saynt

    Im gonna listen to some A7 fold right now, one of my favorite bands.
    I hope they continue to put out there unique music. RIP Rev.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  309. J. Ripper

    Kurt Cobain.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Mikki

    You could love the band or hate the band, but the Rev was fun to listen to. Definitely one of the top modern drummers.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Lindsay

    Rest in Peace Rev.... A7X always and forever in my heart...

    "'Cause I really always knew that my little crime would be cold, that's why I got a heater for your thighs, and I know... I know it's not your time... Bye bye"

    – "Little Peace of Heaven" written and performed by A7X courtesy of The Rev

    December 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Scott

    This has been my favorite group for about 5 years now. I'm VERY sad to hear of this. My thoughts with the family and the group. As well as the friends and fans.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  313. cjl

    Phenomenal musician. Will not be easily replaced in this day in age where holding 2 drumsticks = drumming. This guy was amazing.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Regina

    Jimmy, you will be missed. despite what some people say, you will always be a legend and a hero.
    you were an amazing drummer and an even more amazing person.
    Love you J...

    December 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  315. mary

    tom; florida? why would he be known in florida particularly..esp since he is from California. Having a geography problem today?

    December 29, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Raymond

    This is a sad day. His music saved my life out in the desert. God bless you Rev.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Steve

    The Rev is one of the reasons I started playing the drums. I would try to play some of his stuff in tribute, but I (and most) would just butcher it.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Mitch

    What a tragedy. I really enjoyed his music and style. I'm sure he is in the greatest rock concert with all the deceased rock legends now.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Andrea Crabtree

    This is deeply upsetting... R.I.P The Rev.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Amber

    It's sad that he died but to quote "He's not a hero,." Maybe avenged sevenfold will stop making crappy music after this!

    December 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Justin

    the greatest drummer in modern rock..r.i.p. Reverend

    December 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Allison

    I didn't know him or his music, but it sounds like he was very talented. It's always sad when someone that young is lost. RIP and condolences to his friends and family.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Tom

    best new artist in 2006 by the MTV Video Music Awards? (which aint saying much since they havent had a decent band or music to judge since the decade of the '80's and early '90s) yet has more than 100 people ever heard of 'em outside of Florida? wonder how many pages the toxicology report will have on this "rock star" idiot.

    another representation of whats wrong with America bites the snorting it no doubt.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Jonny

    My comment is same as REALITY CHECK.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Angie

    too young...his talent will play on...

    December 29, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Jill

    I can't believe this. They're the band that turned me to the "rock" scene. I've been working on getting their skull-bat "image" tatted on me for a while. He's an amazing drummer. They're an amazing band. My sympathy is there for his band, family, friends, and all of us fans! It's one sad day in the music world!

    R.I.P. REV

    December 29, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  327. mike

    We all gotta go

    December 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Manny

    Incredible drummer. He deserved a better band. That singer is horrible.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  329. henry

    welcome to the 28 club

    December 29, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  330. DC

    Very sad. Just recently started to get into their music and always thought that the drummer was great. RIP and my condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  331. MrGeek

    Sad this happened.

    DejaVu all over... Elvis, Belushi, Hendrix, Joplin and so many others.

    I am willing to bet it could have been prevented but I am not going to speculate about the chemical interaction of the human body and drugs.

    But the REAL sad thing is I never EVER heard of this guy or the band!
    Then of course... I am 50 so anything after 1980's is fuzzy noise...

    December 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  332. Lindsi

    The music world has lost it's greatest drummer! Rest in Peace Rev!! You will never be forgotten nor replaced!!! They were my favorite band!!! I only hope that the album they were working on will still be memory of him!!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  333. The Dude

    Another drug overdose from a punk band member. Are we really surprised? At least Nikki Sixx was man enough to come back from the light to rock out for a few more years.

    December 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  334. reality check is right

    "reality check" is completely correct. the guy did so many drugs, of course hes going to die eventually. hopefully his death will deter some of his fans from doing drugs after they see what they do. drugs kill, dont be naive, and i dont think hes someone to look up to.

    December 29, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  335. jack meoff

    Another one bites the dust.....

    when will the yong realize that there is a life without drugs and rock and roll

    December 29, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  336. benjie

    we all are sad. he was the best drummer ever..:(

    December 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Who Is Next?

    When will celebrities stop doing drugs? How many young, high-profile people have to die? This is so sad. Such a phenomenal talent gone from us, yet we all know he will not be the last. When will these kids learn?

    December 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  338. mo

    So sad to see such a talented guy go so early due to drugs. RIP Jimmy, you will be missed.

    December 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  339. wake up

    He didn't die because of his talant he died because of uncontrolled behavior with drugs. He actually has hurt alot of young adults about poor messages concerning permission to do drugs.

    December 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Dan

    Make me want to SCREAM!!!!-SCREAM!!!!-SCREAM!!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Melanie Lawrence

    RIP" the Rev", this band was one of my favorite modern band ever. i hope that their talent does not go to waste b/c of the loss of their dear friend. He will never truly be replaceable. Rip Avenged Sevenfold should never break up!

    December 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Jonathan

    cant believe it the worlds greatest drummer
    R.I.P Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan
    your legacy shall continue

    December 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Your kidding

    RIP from OD.

    This was a poor life choice..that's user...yes...

    Did I mention he banged on drums?

    December 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Hiram B

    Hey Reality check....sadly u r correct.

    Drugs kill but these guys are too young to think so.
    Sure u'll get away with it for some time but it's inevitable
    that you will get crushed in one way or another. Quit drugs
    before it's too late.... we lose too many great musicians this way.
    God bless him and his family and loved ones.

    Some can't get out of the cloud for whatever reason

    December 29, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  345. jungle clone

    He's so talented that I never heard of him. . . . . Come on people. . . . If he was great he'd be known by more then the trendy few who listen to the music. . . . Great were jimmy hendrix, janice joplin, jim morrison and even kurt kobain. They bridged generational gaps and there music lives well beyond the few years they graced this earth. . . . . . This guy is not greatness. . He may have had the potential. . . . but we'll never know. . . . . . Let it be a lesson to all the kids out there and young adults. . . If you need to shoot it or snort it, it ain't worth it. . . There is no tragedy here just stupidity and selfishness. . .

    December 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  346. ewwwwwwww

    it's really sad that this dude died, seriously. but for anyone to say that avenged sevenfold is a good band, or their favorite band, well thats just musical blasphemy. i suggest you all go out and buy "dusty in memphis" or "you are the quarry" if you'd like to experience what great music sounds like.

    December 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  347. anonymous

    not to be cynical, but him dying is probably the most METAL thing this band has ever done.

    RIP tho

    December 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Rob Heaps

    What a shock! I about fell over when I heard about it from @DeadCelebrities on Twitter...

    December 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Spornk

    Keith Moon, John Bonham... please welcome him into your drum circle...

    December 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  350. zach


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  351. John Fischer

    RIP Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan
    One of the truly greatest drummers of all-time, and one of my few personal heroes. 🙁 I'm truly shook over this. I give my condolences to the band and especially his family. The most tragic loss of 2009 in my personal opinion. May you memory always live on through your music and wonderful personality.

    December 29, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  352. April

    R.I.P. you were a phenominal musican...

    December 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Shade

    James "The Rev" Sullivan was not only a celeb but he was a person. A person who loved what he did just because it made him and others feel good. His music made me what I am today without his drums in Avenged Sevenfold I do not what to think anymore. I honestly think if they find anyone I doubt that they can live up to the standards left for them. By James and all of his fans but if they do it is because James choose that person for the spot due to the complexity of the music that he made. To finish off I give my condolences to the Sullivan family and that my prays are with them and that I hope that they will get through this hard time.

    December 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  354. jr

    "Doesn't matter what the actual cause of death is, you KNOW what caused it."

    Remember, kids, being prejudiced and taking one's own worldview as more important than actual facts is the worst thing in the world. Ideologues are NOT YOUR HEROES...mmkay?

    December 29, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Japhei

    I saw them in Concert back in August. One of the few bands who put on a good show that day. Will surely be missed and I will make sure to play some Drums on Rockband for you as a tribute. RIP you were awesome!

    December 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Seriously

    LOL @ emo band death. Ironic, huh?

    December 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Fred

    REALITY CHECK: Drugs are not "bad." The abuse of any item is to be avoided. That would include subscribing to a fundamentalist view of things. "All things in moderation."

    December 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Eric


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  359. Lynn

    Never heard of him or his band but my sympathy to his family, friends and fans....

    December 29, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  360. sam

    noone can replace him 🙁 he was the greatest

    December 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  361. Tres

    Observe the picture above.
    You're looking at the reason I started playing drums.
    He'll be missed. Greatly.

    December 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  362. sara_r

    so young he was and very talented, a truly amazing drummer(artist) my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and to his band members may God find you at the darkest hour and shed light to guide you. God Bless his soul.
    'In loving memory of jimmy The Rev Sullivan'
    you will be missed but never forgotten!!

    December 29, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Devin Hanley

    This is such a shock. He will definitely be missed.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Anthony

    This is indeed sad news. So many great ones check out early. My sympathies to the band and also the fans.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  365. JJ

    Never hear of him or the band.. Anyway, sorry to hear about the loss. It happens a lot

    December 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Suzy

    Indeed, a very sad day. I hope everyone will celebrate the mark he's made on the world and enjoy the music he's given us. RIP.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  367. WHHAAAT

    RIP- but to be honest their style was exploitative of the roots of punk rock and to call it "punk" would be an insult to every band that IS punk. His style (personal and musical) were indicative of scenster-hipster rock....just money-making music with no soul.

    This is in no way to detract from his untimely death. But punk and MTV dont belong in the same sentence.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  368. Denni-Sue

    Be sadly missed. GREAT DRUMMER! Loved listening to him play!

    December 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  369. bill

    WTF!!!! Excellent drummer... great new breath of metal and it is silenced so quickly...

    December 29, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  370. chris L

    dang 09 claims another one ....RIP Sullivan

    December 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  371. Marla

    I didn't know him, but it's always very sad to lose somebody that young and promissing! RIP

    December 29, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Kristina

    RIP Jimmy Avenged Sevenfold wont be the same with out you <3

    December 29, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  373. oh man

    RIP rev. u will not be forgotten

    December 29, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  374. Gary

    That's terrible, I met the Rev what a great guy and drummer a true Idol for me. I hope the member of a7x find peace and will go on.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  375. berrydro

    The rev will be greatly miss.RIP

    December 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Brandon

    One of this generation's most exceptional drummers. A truly great musician. I am in shock.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  377. Saul Hernandez


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  378. Nancy Walton

    He will definitely be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. Rest in Peace.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |

    It's always sad when someone dies young, no doubt. Let's remember something, though..this is the same guy that bragged about doing 'piles' of drugs in his interviews..


    Don't turn this guy into a rock & roll hero, because he's not.

    If you do a lot of drugs and don't eventually stop, your body will give out.
    Doesn't matter what the actual cause of death is, you KNOW what caused it.

    Same with Brittany Murphy, same with this guy.

    Sad? yes. Sad for the ones he left behind.

    Avoidable? ABSOLUTELY.

    Be a great drummer WITHOUT the drugs,
    and you will continue to BE a great drummer.


    Drugs are BAD...mmkay???

    December 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • PriceOfEvil

      I'm sorry... but I find your comment tasteless during this time. It's true, drugs /will/ make your body give out, but we don't know exactly why he died. The autopsy was inconclusive. Any smart kid out there doesn't need your help to say away from drugs, and it just so happened that James was a user. He quit, anyways.

      Rest in Peace, Jimmy. You were much too young to fall.

      June 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Erin

    I can't believe he's dead. The Rev's passing is a huge tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to his brothers in A7X. You are irreplaceable Jimmy, but your spirit will live on through the music of Avenged Sevenfold; past, present, and future. Rest in Peace Rev, you are already sorely missed.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  381. Jak

    Very sad. I saw them live two years ago and he was amazing behind the kit and simultaneously on the mic. Very talented, but he did live a hard rock n' roll lifestyle. RIP, Rev.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Ashley Selby

    Jimmy was absolutely amazing.. I was in absolute shock and tears when my sister, Kayla, informed me last night of the event. He is deemed a legend in my book and will NEVER be forgotten! We love you Jimmy!

    December 29, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Carlos

    Let's see what the autopsy report says...

    December 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  384. spearhead

    It is always sad when a person dies at such a young age. I hope his family and friends have the strength to deal with his passing.RIP....

    December 29, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  385. Andrea

    One of the best drummers I've ever seen. it's such a tragedy. Haven't stopped thinking about it since this morning. RIP Jimmy. Like someone said on the A7x myspace, It won't be thunder we hear, but The Rev drumming.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  386. derek

    Wow, what a sad day in the music world.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Emily

    The Rev was my favorite drummer and also my idol.
    Its very sad that he is gone.
    Rest in peace.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  388. manny

    i loved the rev.he had a unique voice with amazing
    drumming talents.this band changed my life in so many
    ways.deepest condolences to the band members,
    family and wife.REST IN PEACE <|3

    December 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  389. Tim

    The Rev was an awesome drummer....and he will be greatly missed by everyone...R.I.P.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  390. facondor

    Man the rev really is gone....he was an awesome drummer and his back up vocals were great on the last record. Truly will be missed...

    December 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  391. Mobius


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  392. Jon

    My favorite band too...
    RIP James "The Rev" Sullivan!

    December 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  393. Marc L

    He truly was a phenomenal drummer. Perhaps one of the best modern day drummers. He will be missed.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  394. al ojeda

    This is a sad day in the music community. The Rev was a very unique drummer and he will be missed dearly...Rest in Peace.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |

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