Fan salute Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan as they listen to one of the songs he wrote called "Dear God".

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William Roe, of Bakersville, left, Sheila Ramm, of Lake Elsinore, and Jacky Krausse of Riverside, right, remember Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan at a vigil at Huntington Beach Central Park.


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Fans played Avenged Sevenfold music from an ipod and sang during a candle light vigil for Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan of Huntington Beach.


HUNTINGTON BEACH — Coroner officials say Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy Sullivan died of an accidental overdose and indicated that he had an enlarged heart, which could have played a role in his death.

Sullivan, also called “The Rev,” died Dec. 28 from a “combined effect of multiple drugs and alcohol,” Orange County Coroner Deputy Dan Aikin said Thursday. The drugs listed were Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Diazepam, Nordiazepam, and ethanol, he said.

The drummer’s enlarged heart was marked as a “significant condition” in the coroner’s report, Aikin said.

Sullivan, 28, was found dead inside his Huntington Beach home. City police had originally said Sullivan had died from what “appeared to be natural causes.”


He was part of a five-man group that was working on their fifth album when he died, the report said.

The group had won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006 and their fourth album made No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2007.

The band’s manager Larry Jacobson told Rolling Stone that Sullivan left a musical legacy.

“To all of us who loved Jimmy, the only thing relevant about Dec. 28 is that is the night we lost, too soon, a son, brother, friend and one of the most talented artists in the world,” he said.

CLICK HERE for more as Register music writer Ben Wener looks at Sullivan’s career.

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