A7X’s The Rev dead at 28

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Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, was found dead at age 28 at his home in Huntington Beach, California, on Monday. He supposedly died of natural causes, though his death was investigated by the coroner’s office and ruled “inconclusive.”

Avenged Sevenfold is rather divisive in the metal community, mainly for its early “metalcore” output. Honestly, the band got better as they went on, especially when  M. Shadows stopped screaming. It was pretty damned irritating. As I pointed out in my review of their last album, The Rev was the main reason to listen to A7X, so it’s a great loss not only to band on the upswing but also to music fans in general considering how talented a drummer he was. Apparently he was also a great songwriter, having written the multi-part “A Little Piece of Heaven” from their last album.

It’s a shame, really.

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  • Lauren

    It’s a shame?!

    Sorry but that sounds really fucking heartless.

  • As

    It’s not heartless, it is a shame because no 28 year old just dies like that, drugs drugs drugs

  • kry vengenz

    FUCK FUCK NOT THE REV THIS IS SUCH A TERRIBLE LOSS A7X WILL NEVER BE THE SAME….RIP JIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Deannna

    When a drummer dies… the heartbeat of the band dies…

    They were an amazing band to see live.

  • Frankie

    my dick can touch my ass.

  • Danni

    im sad he died, he was awesome… but i kinda hope they find a new drummer like metalica and their bassist or ac/dc and their singer

  • Steven

    It is sad. Just because a person does drugs does not mean they are a terrible person. What if your son or brother did drugs would you be sad or depressed if they died at the age of 18… yeah you would. So just leave it alone and stop being jerks about it.

  • nathan

    fuck all of you except steven the rev will be remembered as a great drummer and man.not no drugy

  • CarleyVengeance

    I cried for 6 hours strait when I found out. :/ I love this band.
    Long live A7X! :( R.i.p. James Owen Sullivan. <3

  • Martin

    I saw them live in Montreal in 2008. They are awesome ! This is by far my best band ! The Rev was so good on Waking the Fallen and City of Evil ! R.I.P. !! I just hope the band can find somebody as talented as he was…. But the bar is set high, very high… A7X 4 life

  • Kyke

    Dam he was a great man but lady gaygay is a man to so no one wins whin a Trazy ho is that popoular + t pain can’t sing auto tune my ass

  • fart face!!!!!!

    Th Rev was the greastest so fuck you if you think its not a shame!

  • HolyFukk

    Omfg. You cant be serious. The Rev was my all time favorite drummer, holy shit… omg i might cry The Rev was sooo amazing. A7X is nothing wihtout the Rev.

  • A7X 4 life

    when I heard about this. I was devistated. the revs drumming is iconic. but listen you little shit, you call their old stuff irritating? fuck you – you ignorant douche! mathew’s screaming was incredable. I wish it were still a part of their music. unfortunately it can’t :( but before you call his voice irritating, remember there are die hard a7x fans who have loved them from the start.

  • Dunnie.

    Yah i agree with Lauren that sounded really fucking heartless.. Not heart felt at all.

  • Stephanie Dunham

    Oh fuck, not te rev!! I cried forever when I found this out! The Rev is Awsome I love a7x!! R.I.P The Rev…You will NEVER be Forgotten…”Seize The Day” We Love You!

  • AW

    It’s a shame? What the hell? He was an amazing drummer and A7X is one of my favorite bands. I’ve listened to them for 10 years and the Rev deserves more than “its a shame, really” If you don’t care for their music or the band why bother to write about the death of an amazing drummer. I didn’t cry when I found out he died, even though it was a kick in the gut that I did not expect. I didn’t know him, but the music was and is awesome and got me through alot. A7X has always made a statement with their music. I hope they continue too, even with this loss. The most creative people are the ones with the most demons.

  • chusnul

    i’m so sad,why you go now,,,,,,
    i can’t believe,,,
    selamat jalan ‘the rev’
    aku mendoakan mu……….
    you ara the best drummer….

  • tj

    i agree with steven so what if drugs was involved it doesnt make a difference. He died and everyone needs to show some fucking respect

  • http://PLASA.COM ADAY

    AVENGED SEVENFOLD BUBARKAN,BILA TAK ADA THE REVS

  • redrocksincident

    First, RIP Rev, you were amazing and went too soon.

    Secondly, to the author of the article, you’re a fucking moron. Anyone with half a brain, no, make that an eigth of a brain, should know Avenged Sevenfold became significantly worse when their vocalist was forced to stop his “irritating screaming.” To diehard fans of the genre his voice in Waking the Fallen is quite possibly the pinnacle of the type of vocal performance bands like Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, etc. strive to accomplish.

    I hate A7X post-Waking, but thats not the point. The point is, to say he had an irritating scream is nothing but a shining example of your insane ignorance. You’re an idiot with a really poor ear for good metal.

  • jack

    I cried when i found ou thee rev had died and hadnt done that for 4 years. He will never be replaced even by mike portnoy. The best drummer who ever lived. RIP jimmy!!! :) may A7x’s last album be amazing.

  • marcus

    the rev was and is fuckin awsome so is a7x. matt vocal is great syn is great zacky is great johnny is great jimmy is, was great so that means one thang thats a great fuckin band there will be no replacment for the rev so they dont need to waste there time tring to find one

  • marcus

    i am a die hard a7x fan but all great bands have a death
    example, skynerd , cobain, metallica,lynn strait, sublime,now avenged sevenfold thats the worst shit to ever happen god rest there souls, much love to the fallen rock stars

  • Cx

    carleyvengeance is a wanker!

  • Emogirl

    They need 2 make a A7X t-shirt.With r.i.p the rev and then
    1981,2009.I would so buy it……

  • emo

    when i found out that the rev died my heart was fuckin broken nd he was my favorite drummer everrrrrrrrr :-(

  • Andy

    The Rev…,R.I.P, he is my Icon. A7X wil nevr be da sme.

  • Andy

    The Rev…,R.I.P, he is my Icon. A7X wil nt be da sme witout The Rev.

  • That Dude

    Sorry, Danni, but I don’t think Metallica’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, could pull off the shit the rev did. Don’t get me wrong, Lars is insane, but, I’m just saying.

  • Tiffany

    Listen, you can love A7X, don’t give a shit about them, or hate them, but please, a little respect for our beloved Jimmy. It still isn’t sure what his cause of death was, but you can’t say it was drugs. It probably was a natural cause. And can we remember Jimmy, not for his death,or the times he was stoned or drunk, but for his brilliant contributions to the music by both A7X and Pinkly Smooth? And, not in the last place, for the fact that he was a very nice guy and a very funny person, too? I loved the guy for his music, and I still do, and I’m not the only one, and the best way we can thank him for existing and doing all the amazing shit he’s done is by rememebering him foREVer. The fucking best drummer that ever lived and a wonderful person. We’ll miss him and his music and, well, let’s hope to meet him in Afterlife ^^ Thanks, man, and rest in peace. Love ya.

  • http://yahoo Brandon

    rip the rev

  • Marli

    FUCK A7X THEY HAVE NO TALENT. THEY JUST WHINE

  • aing

    akh ku maha bet modar akh

  • A7x ROX!!

    @ Marli, fuck you, A7x is a real good band, i got addicted to them through 1 song..1 Song is all it took to make me love these guys, they fuckin rock but you..you marli is a fuckin idiot for saying sumtin like that, have respect man, these guys r better than youll ever be so stfu. im sorry for such a rude post like this but ppl shud have more respect for others. R.I.P. JIMMY “THE REV” SULLIVAN R.I.P.

  • Rodney

    First off MARLI fuck you!!! 2ndly A7X fucking rocks regaurdless any of your BELITTLED opinions!!! ppl who want to down grade him…. YOUR JUST JEALOUS bc you will never be anything close to him TALENT wise so keep your pathetic little INPUT to your negative self!!! fuck you an the ppl who want to stoop to a level of such IGNORANCE!!! The Rev you were an will always be fucking awesome!!!!!

  • Shelby

    The Rev “Seized the Day” to conquer the “City of Evil” in “Bat Country”, and forced the “Beast and the Harlot” to “Scream” their “Unholy Confessions”. He left them “Trashed and Scattered” and “Blinded In Chains” with the “Strength of the World”. He found it “Almost Easy” and became a “Sidewinder” and slithered to “A Little Piece of Heaven” in his “Afterlife”, now he is “M.I.A.” and his “Nightmare” has come to pass. RIP Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, you’re gone but NEVER forgotten!

  • TH3foR3Ver

    Every on needs to shut up The “drugs” were prescription and it was just a bas MIx oF beer And Them

  • Tiffany

    I just can’t believe that everyone keeps on talking about those drugs. Being a fan of music, can you justify to yourself that you only remember an amazing drummer for the way he died? And being a human being, which I suppose most of you are, can you tell yourself that it’s alright to hurt a heartbroken band and their fans time and time again by never forgetting his death, while we all want to remember his life. I think everyone here who posted one of the nasty comments with no purpose but to hurt the band’s and fans’ feelings, should be really ashamed of himself. It shows a bad nature and very little conscience. This may be internet, but you still say these things to real people who really love an amazing band. At least I rest assured, knowing that Avenged Sevenfold are getting better every day and they will rise above this weak shit people are saying about them. They are dignified. They are wonderful people. They are amazing artists. They are Avenged Sevenfold.

  • zoe

    RIP <3
    An amazing musician who has made a huge impact on mine, and many other lives!

  • LoveTheRev.♥

    The Rev was AMAZING. R.I.P we will miss you. ♥

  • btiana

    First of all fuck u marli! Avenged Sevenfold was, and is, the best band ever (in my opinion). You don’t like them WHY THE FUCK DID U TAKE THE TIME TO READ HIS INFO? GO AWAY! Thank you to the people who paid their respects. We love and miss u Jimmy see u in the Afterlife.

    R.I.P. JAMES OWEN SULLIVAN, or JIMMY “THE R.E.V.” SULLIVAN
    81-09

    – Bri-Jess

  • foREVerTaylor

    REV <3 :'(
    I Hope you are having fun up there…
    Teach god how to play drums KAY? :'( <3
    -criesss- he gave me the determination to start drumming
    he inspired me.
    He led me to my true career <\3 ILY <3<3<3

  • foREVerTaylor

    @Marli
    YOU FUCKER ! YOU BITCH! GO BURN IN HELL! A7X IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST BAND EVER! YOUR JUST JEALOUS
    CAUSE U
    HAVE
    NO!
    TALENT.
    bitch. Fucktard. *GETS GUN*
    *SHOOTS IN MARLI’S HEAD*
    EAT SHIT AND DIE.

  • kiz

    f.i.p rev we all love and miss you

  • noeva

    you my inspiaration..
    I miss you jimmy “the rev” sullivan..

  • Erika

    OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I FLIPPIN CRIED WHE I HEARD HE DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL THROUGH MY 14 YEARS OF EXISTENCE I HAVE LOVED A7x!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF YEW ARE DUMB ENOUGH TO SAY THE SCREAMING WAS IRRITATING YOU ARE A FUCKING IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!! JIMMY WAS MY FAVE OUT OF THE BAND BEcAusE I ALWAYS LIKED DRUMS AND THINK DRUMMERS DESERVE THE MOST RESPECT!!!!!!!!! THEY KEEP THE SONG TOGETHER BUT THEY ARE MOSTLY ALWAYS IN THE BACKGROUND!!!!!!!!
    ~Hey Rev if you can hear me then I juzz wanna say we love and miss you and keep on rockin!!! I hope to see you when I have my own afterlifee!!!!! Teach god how to play drums!!!! <3 R.I.P. Jimmy

  • Erika

    well not 14 but since they were here sry im just real tired

  • ian

    whoever wrote this can eat shit..a7x rock and dnt forget it and critical acclaim is one of there best songs! and i kno most think that and jimmy sing pretty fucking well in that song

  • http://www.deadearthindustries,com Larcyn

    Listen,

    I was never a A7X fan, I heard them on guitar hero great song, I am an old HARDCORE kid and drummer and an addict. No matter what this human went through no matter what happened he was talented he WAS A HUMAN and should be respected as such. His brothers will miss him his family will miss him his fans will miss him. No matter what went on his mind he had passion we all live with demons NO ONE IS PURE. NO ONE SHOULD judge, at least he made his mark he will remembered and thank you for your talent and we will remember you as a human of this planet earth. Stay Strong A7X life throws curve balls catch that shit and throw it back NYHC .asweburnx

  • Joe

    kk so i just got into this band and wondered why the fuck they had some heavy awesomness and some weak shit… but this explains it.. i myself am a AILD fan but i just got into this band and it’s a dissapointment to see how a awesome band to stop making the music i like to hear. R.I.P Jimmy

  • Tiffany

    It’s so strange… the replies to this post show so well how opinions are divided about Avenged Sevenfold. For me, they are the very best band I’ve ever heard. I love all their music, from Sounding the Seventh Trumpet all the way to Nightmare. They haven’t given up their true identity, but they have developed their skills. The Rev was really a part of the band and a representative. His jokes always made everyone laugh, he’s kind, sweet and cool. I was very much upset when I heard about his death, but apparently, it was his time to leave us. A7X will never be the same without him, but they still are a truly amazing band, and, in my eyes, they deserve everyone’s respect for coping like they do. Farewell, Jimmy, thanks for letting us know you. You will be missed.

  • Emily

    What the fuck are some of you on about???
    He died! How can you be so heartless!?
    He was a great person, lovely in every way.

    If you look at pictures and you see his eyes… god, he just looked so.. confused, and looked in pain.. i dont know, its really sad. They say your eyes are windows to the soul, look closely at his eyes, and they hold pain and confusion.

    Also, if you have a look at a lot of lyrics in the songs he wrote, you will see that many have suicide notes in them, Such as Fiction.
    He had the tattoo ‘FICTION’ long before writing the song, and in the song it says, ‘i hope you find your own way, when im not with you’
    I think, (and so did syn as he said so in an interview) that Jimmy had been planing his suicide for a very long time.
    His mind was very strange, and he had a very hard time… there was just something about him that seemed so traumatized and sad…Its NOT a shame, its a tragedy. Think how his band mates must feel, knowing him from school (Bar johnny) , and them being like brothers to each other… Must of broke their hearts…

    R.I.P Jimmy, you are foREVer in our hearts <3 we love you, <3 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  • A7x_fan

    2 years from the rev’s death. Over 20 years i’ll still remeber it. Rip REV. A7X will never be the same without rev… “So Far Away”.