Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was found dead yesterday in his home at the age of 28.

No cause of death has been confirmed as of the time of this post; according to Lt. John Domingo of the Huntington Beach Police Department, the death “appeared to be natural causes. It’s a coroner’s case.”

The band’s statement on the official site reads as follows:

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. 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.

Jimmy you are forever in our hearts.
We love you.

M Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Johnny Christ”

This has been quite the year for celebrity deaths. Brittany Murphy died just over a week ago, and the passing of “King of Pop” Michael Jackson stormed the headlines in June. I’ve never been much for Avenged Sevenfold’s music, but my thoughts and prayers are with his friends, family, and band mates.