According to TMZ, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis‘s estranged wife died earlier today. Deven Davis was only 39 years old.
A Davis family representative confirmed the report, saying in a statement: “The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis. We ask that you respect their privacy — and the privacy of those close to the family — and allow them the space to mourn in private. We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time.”
A former girl-on-girl porn star who married Jonathan in 2004, Deven and the singer had two kids together, Pirate and Zeppelin. (Jonathan‘s first son from his previous marriage, Nathan, will turn 23 this fall.)
TMZ reports that Jonathan filed for divorce in October 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. He also filed for a domestic violence restraining order earlier today. The judge issued a temporary order blocking any child custody or visitation by Deven. The restraining order also prohibits her from having contact with the family dog, Chaos.
In his court declaration, Jonathan alleged Deven was deeply involved with drugs, which she had struggled with for more than 20 years. He alleged her drug use was causing emotional harm to the kids through neglect. He said that had been dependent on both prescription and illegal narcotics. According to the singer, she had been to rehab six times and “is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco.”
Jonathan alleged she had a drug dealer boyfriend who was passed out on the sofa in her living room when he brought the children to her house.
He also claims he found a heroin pipe and cocaine floating in the toilet bowl while Deven was passed out on the floor upstairs.
According to the documents, Deven had been in a sober home but went missing last Friday and hadn’t been seen for a week.
No cause of death has yet been revealed.
Deven was born Deven Augustina Schuette in Findlay, Ohio on April 6, 1979. When she was 18, she changed her name to Deven Davis for modeling before she was married or even met her soon-to-be husband. As fate would have it, Davis ended up being her married name.
Jonathan reportedly gave up recreational drugs and alcohol almost 20 years ago, but has continued to struggle with chronic and debilitating anxiety and depression — and consequently a reliance on prescription drugs.
The singer has admitted in interviews that he was treated in 2013 for Xanax addiction.
Jonathan told Metal Hammer magazine that one song on KORN‘s 2010 album, “III: Remember Who You Are”, was written about Deven “when she was having problems with pill addiction. [Producer] Ross [Robinson] called her without me knowing and asked her to show up to the studio, and I had to sing that part to her.”
A few years ago, Jonathan credited Deven and his three sons with keeping him alive. “They saved me from being an idiot and dying from a drug overdose,” he said. “They’ve given me this side of my life that brings me happiness. I love being a father: waking up in the morning, [taking] them to school, fixing them breakfast. I really get off on that.”
Earlier this year, Jonathan told Forbes that he wasn’t worried about his children using drugs. “My son Nathan won’t ever do that,” he said. ‘He’s 22 years old, he’s a DJ. He goes out on the road, he’s successful in music. He doesn’t drink and he doesn’t partake in any of that, because he saw what it did to me. He was three years old when I got sober, but he remembers me coming home and then finding me out on the front porch passed out drunk. Pirate and Zeppy have never seen me drink. There’s no drinking in our house. For one, Zeppy [who suffers from Type 1 diabetes] can’t, he’ll die. And then Pirate, it isn’t his thing. They’re good kids. They’ve just never been brought up around that culture to party and have liquor.
“Hopefully Deven and I have taught them correctly, “he added. “That’s a dark road. Parties, social drinking, it just leads eventually to bad stuff. You can be one of those people that socially drink, but I am not one of them.”