By at 3:13 PM Thursday, May 2nd 2013

 

RIP: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer

Slayer, Music

 

Jeff Hanneman of Slayer has died at the age of 49.

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The band just posted the following to their Facebook page.

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 is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)

In early 2011, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis. It is assumed he contacted the disease from a spider bite. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt had been filling in for Hanneman since. There is no word if the liver failure was a complication from necrotizing fasciitis or not.

Photo by Timothy Westmorland.

 
 

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5 comments
  1. Rae says:

    He was 49….

  2. Zoop says:

    In total shock and denial right now. Hard to believe he’s really gone.

  3. It’s been a few years, and Slayer’s in all sorts of half-assed financial turmoil, but I had hoped he was on the mend. Imagine how much different the music we all listen to would be without his contributions! Everyone who plays or enjoys music harder than James Taylor owes this guy a drink.

  4. This sucks… still can’t fk’n believe it !! Hope dave, kerry and Tom can put their beefs aside so we all can become whole as possible going forth.. RIP Jeff.

  5. "METAL GEORGE" KRANTZ says:

    I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS. PISSED OFF AND SAD AT THE SAME TIME. NEVER SAW ANY NEWS ABOUT THIS UNTIL ABOUT A HALF AN HOUR AGO, ON MAY 24TH. I’VE BEEN A SLAYER FAN FOR ABOUT 30 YEARS. I ALSO PLAY HEAVY METAL GUITAR. AND I AM OF GERMAN DESCENT. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TOLD BY QUITE A FEW THAT I LOOK JUST LIKE JEFF, WHICH I DO. AND BETWEEN THE TWO I ALWAYS LIKED JEFF BETTER THAN KERRY.( NO OFFENSE TO KERRY) I KNEW ABOUT THE SPIDER BITE AND THE INFECTION. BUT NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD KILL HIM!!! WELL I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING LEFT TO SAY EXCEPT MY TWIN IS GONE AND R.I.P JEFF. ROCK ON!!!

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