SLAYER GUITARIST JEFF HANNEMAN PASSES AWAY AT AGE 49

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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.

25 thoughts on “SLAYER GUITARIST JEFF HANNEMAN PASSES AWAY AT AGE 49

  1. 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.

  2. 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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