Avenged Sevenfold Drummer “The Rev” Died of an Accidental Overdose

June 11, 2010 by Tim Karan

Avenged Sevenfold Drummer “The Rev” Died of an Accidental Overdose

The cause of death has been determined in the case of Avenged Sevenfold drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, who died in his Huntington Beach, California, home on Dec. 28 at the age of 28. Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal said that Sullivan died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol. Toxicology reports say he suffered "acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Diazepam/Nordiazepam and ethanol." Oxycodone and Oxymorphone are pain killers and Diazepam/Nordiazepam are anxiety medications. Ethanol is found in alcohol.

Sigal also reported that Sullivan suffered from an enlarged heart which may also have contributed to his death.

Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy--one of Sullivan's favorite drummers--recorded with A7X for their upcoming full-length, Nightmare, and will be touring with the band through the end of the year.

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