James Owen Sullivan, drummer and backup vocalist for the Southern California band Avenged Sevenfold, was found dead in his house on Monday, the 28th of December. Sullivan was 28.
Sullivan, who went by the stage name The Rev, seems to have died of natural causes, Huntington Beach police say. However, investigations are on. the police were apparently notified by firefighters who had responded to Sullivan’s home about 1 p.m.
Avenged Sevenfold formed in Huntington Beach in 1999. Sullivan was a member from the beginning.
Since then, the five-man group has put out four albums and won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. The group’s self-titled fourth album hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2007. According to updates on the band’s MySpace page, the group was working on a fifth album.