DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has released the following comment regarding the passing of AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan:
"Absolutely shocking... What a sad loss...
"The Rev and I exchanged many emails/texts through the years. He always mentioned me in interviews and cited me as a favorite and an influence and I was always flattered by that.
"I thought he was a great drummer and I've been an AVENGED SEVENFOLD fan for a few years now.
"What a tragedy and my heart and prayers go out to his band and family."
Sullivan was found dead at his Southern California home on Monday (December 28). He was 28 years old.
Sullivan appears to have died of natural causes, Huntington Beach police Lt. John Domingo told The Orange County Register. Police were notified by firefighters who had responded to Sullivan's home about 1 p.m., according to the report.
Sullivan is survived by his wife, Leana MacFadden.
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