Avenged Sevenfold drummer James Owen Sullivan, better known by his stage name "The Rev," was found dead in his Huntington Beach home earlier today on December 28 at approximately 1 p.m., according to the Orange County Register and Blabbermouth. He was 28 years old.
The Orange County Coroner's Office is investigating his death but at this time the SoCal musician is thought to have died of natural causes. However some fans on Blabbermouth are skeptical, claiming the drummer had a history of hard drug use.
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No word yet from the remaining members of the band, M. Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Johnny Christ. Story developing...
UPDATE: The remaining members of Avenged Sevenfold have posted this statement on their official website.