Joey Image, the former drummer of the punk rock band Misfits has sadly passed away at the age of 63.
The news was announced on the band’s official Twitter page, alongside an image of Joey playing drums with bassist Jerry Only
RIP Joey Image, March 5, 1957 - June 1, 2020. Misfits drummer 78 - 79. Appears on the Misfits classic “Horror Business” & “Night of the Living Dead” 7-inches. Seen here on drums with the Misfits live at Irving Plaza Halloween night 1979 in NYC. #themisfits #ripjoeyimage pic.twitter.com/vePIqANzsZ— The Misfits (@themisfits) June 2, 2020
“RIP Joey Image, March 5, 1957 - June 1, 2020. Misfits drummer 78 - 79. Appears on the Misfits classic “Horror Business” & “Night of the Living Dead” 7-inches. Seen here on drums with the Misfits live at Irving Plaza Halloween night 1979 in NYC,’ the caption read.
While Joey’s cause of death has not been officially announced, a GoFundMe page set up in 2017 was trying to raise money for the musician after he was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2016.
“Last year, Joey was diagnosed with liver cancer. He’s seeking treatment at the University of Miami, and is possibly a candidate for liver transplant, but these procedures are incredibly expensive and often have devastating side effects. Joey is currently driving for a living, but is uncertain whether or not he’ll be able to continue this line of work once his treatment begins,” the page reads.
With this campaign, we’re hoping to raise funds to cover his medical expenses, and a portion of his living costs, including rent, food, and transportation. It’s not often we are able to give back to the artists who’ve shaped our lives, but this is an opportunity to help someone truly in need. If you’ve ever listened to Misfits records on repeat, or met a friend/spouse at a horror punk show, or were inspired to start your own band because of ‘Horror Business’ – please consider even a small donation.”
The last post on the page was made by Joey on the 8th of November 2018. The GoFundMe had only raised $8,083 of his $25,000 target.
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