Jeff_Hanneman_Live1_lo Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He was 49. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

In 2011 the guitarist had reportedly suffered from a spider bite on his arm which led to necrotizing fasciitis. Now word on whether this complication may have contributed to his passing.

Hanneman co-founded the thrash metal greats with Kerry King in 1981; their breakthrough came in 1986 with the landmark album Reign in Blood. Hanneman wrote or co-wrote the set’s standout tracks, Angel of Death and Raining Blood.


  1. John Alonzo says:

    This is a sad day for metal. RIP Jeff.

  2. Terrible news. Time to go home and blast some Reign in Blood in memory. Metal loses another great.

  3. Rest in Peace, Mr. Hanneman. You will forever live on in Slayer’s music.

  4. Nelson Hughes says:

    Very sad day in the metal world in hearing of Hanneman’s passing.Hope that tributes will be made in his memory.

  5. Jesse Pinkman says:

    This is a sad day for metal yo

  6. Kevin Marcej says:

    So sad to hear. You’ve written many great songs that will live on forever. Metal will never be the same. Rest in peace Jeff.

  7. This just in: Gary Holt just hit the musical jackpot.

  8. Terrible news :(

  9. Thanks for all the great music Jeff you will be missed in the metal world! R.I.P. \m/

  10. Randy Woronoski says:

    R.I.P Jeff

  11. Wow, just watched the news. They were talking about “rap sensation” kid from Kriss Kross dying. No mention of Jeff ! Sad…..

  12. Beth Milligan says:

    What a terrific loss… Now I must tell my sleeping ten-year old that he is gone. So heartbreaking for Jeff’s family and his band mates. We will all miss you..

  13. Joseph Pimentel says:

    True metal at its best !! I will be rocking Reign in Blood tonight in honor !!

  14. Cybill Roman says:

    Tooo sad was just listening to slayer a few Day ago was an amazing guitarist

  15. We’re going to miss you Jeff I saw you in the 80’s.. little upset but God be with you.. my metal brother.. me and my little brother Gary will miss you…

  16. In the 80s, Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax and any untold number of other bands were taboo—evil devil worshippers sent to lead the youth into Hell. I remember buying Reign in Blood and then checking the store every day(it had a delayed release) when South of Heaven came out. I remember listening to Peace Sells in senior Biology. It is a testament to the people that made this music and a testament to the music itself that today when a pioneer of this genre–more mainstream than people would like to admit–dies and it not only makes worldwide headlines, but was the #1 searched topic for awhile and has evoked such an outcry of emotion across multiple spectrums of peoples. It is in all honesty a sad time as the full resonance of his passing sinks in. The music of Slayer–of all these bands–will outlive us all. And whether he is in Heaven, Hell, or just chilling in the dirt, that has to give Jeff Hanneman the peaceful slumber he deserves. Thanks Jeff, for all of it.

  17. RIP Jeff Still in shock over the news. Thanks for all the great music! I plan on blasting Slayer all night in my garage bar later…pretty sure there will be many neighbors all over the world being kept up by the sounds of his monster riffs!

  18. Blake Winfrey says:

    RIP Jeff you will truely be missed, but I gotta wonder is Gary going to replace him full time he said that he wouldnt leave Exodus to join Slayer full time, but who knows

  19. Have just heard the news of the passing of Jeff Hanneman. My sincere condolences to all of Jeff’s family, as well as Tom Araya, Kerry King and Dave Lombardo, and everyone else connected to Slayer. I’ve only ever seen Slayer once myself, including Jeff, which was at the Milton Keynes Bowl here in England in 1998 at the Ozzfest, and they were absolutely fantastic.

    R.I.P Jeff, gone but not to be forgotten.

  20. With all do respect to Kerry King, I always thought Jeff was a better guitarist…

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  22. Brian Montano says:

    To say that Jeff was a titan of thrash or a pioneer of metal does little to describe his influence or fill the void that will be left without him. RIP Jeff and my thoughts go out to his family, band mates and all metal fans worldwide. Please know we all stand with you united in this time of loss.

    Thrash on my brother………

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