Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin has died at the age of 53.
One of the veteran metal band’s founding members, Mullin died on January 27. Corrosion of Conformity confirmed his passing on social media, but did not offer a cause of death.
It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Reed you are loved and always will be. Lets all take a moment… pic.twitter.com/33HKp9tU7v
— C.O.C. (@coccabal) January 28, 2020
Mullin, who hailed from Raleigh, North Carolina, co-founded Corrosion of Conformity in 1982 alongside guitarist Woody Weatherman, bassist Mike Dean and vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan. He left Corrosion of Conformity in 2001 after six records with them due to a back injury, and didn’t return to the band until 2010.
In 2014, Mullin co-founded the supergroup Teenage Time Killers with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri, Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor and Bad Religion guitarist Brian Baker, amongst other musicians.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich honored his fellow percussionist on Instagram with a photo of Mullin. In the caption, Ulrich wrote, “Thank you for the crazy good times we had together. Thank you for always having the biggest smile on your face. And thank you for the fuckin grooves and that pocket that was all your own… making Corrosion Of Conformity swing like nothing else!”
Corrosion of Conformity’s upcoming tour of New Zealand and Australia, which kicks off next week, will still go on, promoter Silverback Touring announced, seeing as Mullin had not been playing with the band on their most recent tour. Drum duties will be handled by Mullin’s drum technician, John Green.
RIP, Reed Mullin. Listen to Corrosion of Conformity’s last record, 2018’s No Cross No Crown, below: