Mike Portnoy, who is the former drummer of Dream Theater and current member of Sons Of Apollo, shared his feelings about the passing of Joey Jordison during a recent interview with Modern Drummer.

Joey Jordison was one of the founding members of Slipknot who left the band back in 2013. After three years, it was revealed that Joey had been suffering from transverse myelitis, which made it hard for him to play drums.

Unfortunately, the iconic drummer passed away at the age of 46 on July 26 and saddened the whole community. After his death, all musicians in the metal and rock community shared their prayers for the late drummer.

In the conversation, Mike also revealed what he felt when he first heard about Joey’s passing and said that he was riding a car at that time and couldn’t believe that Joey is not with us anymore.

While saying that he was shocked and devastated at the same time, Portnoy also revealed that Joey was actually a hero for his son, Max, and stated that it was pretty hard for him to get this unfortunate news.

Mike Portnoy shared his feelings about Joey Jordison’s death:

“I actually heard the news from you. You hit me up on our thread that me, you, and Chris Jericho have, and I couldn’t believe it. I was actually getting in my car to go pick up the pizza, and I had to get out of the car and run back in the house to tell Max because Joey is Max’s biggest drum hero.

I was devastated and shocked but I know especially for Max it’s hard. It’s really the first time he’s lost a drum hero. But for me, it’s shocking as well, and Joey was an incredible drummer, quite an incredible musician, like you, he wrote a lot of the songs for his band and played guitar, and was a multi-instrumentalist.

But he’s also a great guy. I’m sure we both have stories. I posted a little bit today, just a couple of quick stories, one was how he once heard that Max was such a big fan, he sent this big box of swag overfilled with bass, Slipknot shirts, and hoodies, and all this stuff. And every time Slipknot came through town, he was always so hospitable to Max, and always invited him backstage and hung out with him.”

You can check out the whole interview below.