Jeff_Hanneman_Live1_lo While the details are being worked out now, Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman’s life sometime later this month, along with Jeff’s family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon.

Hanneman’s official cause of death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.

Kerry King and Tom Araya are trying to deal with the loss of their brother by remembering some the good times they shared.

Kerry: “I had so many great times with Jeff…in the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies…World War II movies, horror movies, we watched Full Metal Jacket so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue.”

Tom: “When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7. Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father’s garage which was also our rehearsal space. When he got his own apartment, he had an 8-track and I would go there to record songs I’d written, not Slayer songs, other stuff I’d written. At a certain point, you still have the band but you start your own lives outside of the band, so that 24/7 falls to the side, you don’t spend as much time together as you once did. I miss those early days.”

Kerry: “He was a gigantic World War II buff, his father served in that war, so when Slayer played Russia for the first time – I think it was 1998 – Jeff and I went to one of Moscow’s military museums. I’ll never forget him walking around that place, looking at all of the tanks, weapons and other exhibits. He was like a kid on Christmas morning. But that was Jeff’s thing, he knew so much about WW II history, he could have taught it in school.”

Tom: “We were in New York recording South of Heaven. Jeff and I were at the hotel and we had to get to the studio – I think it was called Chung King, a real rundown place. So we left the hotel and decided to walk, but then it started raining. We walked maybe five blocks, and it was raining so hard, we were totally soaked, so we decided to get a cab. Here we are, two dudes with long hair and leather jackets, absolutely soaked, thumbing to the studio. No one would stop. We had to walk the entire way.”

Tom: “Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy.”

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  • Brian Burger on

    Slayer needs to get Lombardo back in the fold! Slayer will never be the same without Jeff but Lombardo needs to be back in the band. Kerry King needs to stop being such a harda**and try to work out his differences with Dave.Sad to that Jeff literally drank himself to death! Long Live the mighty Slayer!

  • Ernesto Catalan on

    I agree with Brain Burger. From a business perspective, the wisest thing for Slayer (or Kerry King for that matter) is to patch things up with Lombardo and retain 3/4s of Slayer’s original line up. He has to put pride and other bull**** aside and think straight. Sure, there might be better drummers than Dave out there, but Dave IS Dave and fans view him as a crucial piece in Slayer’s line up. It’s like a hamburger without the buns. The band needs to look ahead and move on. I am sure Jeff Hanneman would’ve wanted it that way.

    • Eddie on

      Telling the Slayer statement made no mention of Dave..

  • James on

    Lost but definately never forgotten!

  • sico on

    Having been through organ failure myself (transplanted). It’s usual that you don’t find out how sick you really are until it’s too late. Jeff’s passing is sad but he lives on in his music. Slayer fires me up and helps give me a reason to be here and enjoy the things I love, like listening to Slayer! \m/

  • Eric Fenoy on

    do you know how big a role the spider bite played in this?

    • Eddie on

      No, but he was still drinking while on heavy meds for that, so could not have helped

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