Guitarist Jim Root has been fired from Stone Sour.
Saturday, a fan asked Root on the guitarist's Instagram account if Jim was still taking time off from the group. Root replied: "I'm not in that band anymore. Not my decision. Not happy about it."
That was followed a few hours later by the band releasing a statement on their website: "As some of you might have heard by now, Stone Sour and Jim Root have indeed parted ways. We were trying to wait until the completion of the new Slipknot album, but in light of recent events, we are going to confirm this information and move on. We feel it's best for both bands and hope that is reflected in the days to come. We will give you more information when the time comes."
Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor added in a separate tweet: "Jim and I are still working together in Slipknot and the album is almost done."
Root reportedly chose to sit out Stone Sour's recent North American tour so that he could concentrate on writing music for the next Slipknot album.
No word on the reasons for the departure becoming permanent, or any potential replacements.