Percussionist Chris Fehn, a.k.a. #3, has officially parted ways with Slipknot, according to a statement on the band's website. The news follows a report last week on celebrity gossip site The Blast that the percussionist was suing the group over a "money dispute."
"Slipknot's focus is on making album #6, and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever," the statement on the band's site reads. "Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life.
"Long Live the Knot."
As of press time, Fehn has not publicly commented on the reported lawsuit or his split with the group. Slipknot's highly anticipated as-yet-untitled new album is due August 9th amid massive tour plans this summer, including the North American Knotfest Roadshow trek with Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth.
Below, see Chris Fehn and Shawn "Clown" Crahan join Stone Sour for an epic Black Sabbath cover in 2013: