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In The Pipeline: Metal drummer lives on in their memories

December 22, 2010|By Chris Epting
  • Dec. 28th marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Jimmy Sullivan, aka "The Rev," drummer for the Huntington Beach-based band Avenged Sevenfold.
Dec. 28th marks the one-year anniversary of the death… (HB Independent )

Dec. 28 marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Jimmy Sullivan, aka "The Rev," drummer for the Huntington Beach-based band Avenged Sevenfold. According to reports, he died from an accidental overdose of strong prescription painkillers, and so, even though this may be considered a "preventable" death, loss is still loss.

I know how tough this is for the Sullivan family. Because I covered the event last year, with subsequent follow-ups, it put me in touch with many members of the Avenged Sevenfold "family," the passionate, loyal fan base that stretches across the globe. In the spirit of remembrance, and to illustrate the far-reaching effects of Jimmy's death, I thought this week's column could function as an "open letter" of sorts, a chance for fans to express directly to the Sullivans what they are feeling.

Kortney Ehrhart, who runs http://www.deathbatnews.com, coordinated the global effort after I reached out for help. Thank you, Kortney. Hundreds upon hundreds of missives arrived, and all will be delivered to the family. Joe, Barbara, Katie and Kelly, here is a small sampling, testaments to the thunderous musical legacy that your Jimmy left the world.

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To the fans who submitted, you know I'd love to include all of them here, but my space is limited. But I appreciated them all, and because I feel we've formed a bond this past year, I know you'll understand.

To everyone reading this today, during this sacred week, may we pause to remember all of the loved ones we miss. Those who brought us joy, hope and promise. Those who soothed our souls. Those who made our lives more musical.

Here are some remembrances that document just how far the influence of a drummer from Huntington Beach spanned:

"My very own forlorn and somber nightmare was shockingly manifested on Dec. 28, a day considered by many to be unluckiest day of the year. To the Sullivans, Leana and the rest of the A7X family: Jimmy will never be forgotten by those that saw him for the talented, loving and carefree genius that he was – my heart aches for you each and every day." – Joelle, Bella Vista, Alaska

"I will never forget Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan. Although I never met him, he showed me how to truly live life to the fullest." – Hunter, Yorba Linda

"Jimmy Sullivan touched my life in such an amazing way, and I never even got to meet him. I didn't have to." – Ashley, Albuquerque, N.M.

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