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AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan died of an "accidental overdose"

Posted on June 10, 2010

The results are in. Months after the loss of Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, the final test results have come in. Rolling Stone reports that Rev's death is a result of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol. Some serious drugs were found in his system: Oxycodone (legal/prescribed heroin), Oxymorphone (a form of morphine), Diazepam/Nordiazepam (Valiums) and ethanol (this would be the alcohol). Accidental in the sense that he didn't mean to kill himself, but maybe was just trying to have a good time. On top of that, he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart which put him at greater risk of death.

I am truly startled by the amount of drugs the guy had in his system. He was clearly not messing around, and had to know the risks of what he was doing as it was happening. Still, I feel a great amount of sympathy for his friends and family, because a loss is a loss and it's never easy. The band's manager released this statement in response to the toxicology report reveal:

"To all of us who loved Jimmy, the only thing relevant about December 28 is that is the night we lost, too soon, a son, brother, friend and one of the most talented artists in the world,” the band's manager Larry Jacobson tells Rolling Stone. "Every day, his parents and sisters, and his brothers in Avenged Sevenfold smile at the many memories they have of Jimmy and his fans around the world revel in the musical legacy he left them."

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