The Rev of A7X is dead at age 28. The Rev, A7X’s famed drummer, has died, cause of death pending an autopsy by the local coroner.
Huntington Beach police Lt. John Domingo tells the Orange County Register an autopsy by the Orange County Coroner’s Office is scheduled. But Domingo tells the Register he believes The Rev of A7X died of natural causes.
Late Monday night, LALATE first broke the shocking details, famed heavy metal musician James Owen Sullivan, aka Jimmy Sullivan or The Rev, had died at his home in Huntington Beach at age 28. Now over 8 hours later, the news still seems hard to believe.
How big is A7X? Just look back at who the group beat out in 2006. In 2006, A7x won “Best New Artist” at MTV’s Video Music Awards, beating out Rihanna and Chris Brown.
A7X (Avenged Sevenfold) was co founded by Sullivan in 1999, went to number 4 in 2007.
City of Evil put the band on the map, A7X’s third album but first major label release. The album debuted on Billboard at 30. Single Bat Country went to #2 on Billboard’s Rock chart and #1 on TRL. The album was named by Guitar World #63 on 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All-Time.
The band played Ozzfest tour in 2006 and was in the studio working on a 3rd album.
Sullivan is survived by wife Leana MacFadden aka Leana Silver.
Notable songs that Jimmy Sullivan sang on for Avenged Sevenfold included “A Little Piece of Heaven”, “Brompton Cocktail”, “Gunslinger”, “Lost”, “Afterlife”, and “Almost Easy”. Sullivan was also drummer with Suburban Legends.
The band confirmed his death Monday night:
“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.”
Funeral arrangements have not been announced. The Rev will be greatly missed. Send your love.