Joey Jordison, former Slipknot drummer, left the metal band in December 2013. It was something of a silent departure, fans were never really given a reason as to why the guy called it quits. According to Metal Injection, while receiving an award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London on Monday, Jordison gave a harrowing explanation:
"Towards the end of my career in Slipknot I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis. I lost my legs. I couldn't play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I don't wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym, and I got myself back in fucking therapy to fucking beat this shit...It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, more than fucking anything."
He made sure to address those suffering from this condition, too, by adding:
"To people with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, or anything like that, I am living proof that you can fucking beat that shit. And fucking metal and all of these fans will do it for you. This is the fucking world right here. You can beat this shit. No joke. Just the fact that metal lives in your heart, you can fucking accomplish anything."
Watch a video of his speech above. Then check out Fuse in conversation with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, below.