Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies

2013-05-03 08:35
Los Angeles - Metal guitar legend Jeff Hanneman, 49, has died of liver failure, his band Slayer announced on Thursday.

"Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother... passed away at about 11 am this morning," read a statement posted by the group on its Facebook page.

Hanneman, who died at a hospital in Southern California, has been suffering since 2011 from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that he is believed to have contracted from a spider bite, according to news reports.

It is not known whether the illness played a role in his death.

Founding member of Slayer

On its website, Slayer paid tribute to "Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)."

The group wrote that Hanneman is survived by his wife Kathy, a sister and two brothers.

Hanneman was a founding member of Slayer, one of the premier metal bands in the United States, known for music that the group described as "punishing yet precise".

Over its nearly three-decade existence, Slayer has put out nine studio albums and performed at thousands of live shows.


  • Ben - 2013-05-03 09:06

    Sad day indeed. Thrash legend. RIP Jeff. You will be missed.

  • Coenraad Van Der Westhuizen - 2013-05-03 09:07


      James Blacksmith - 2013-05-03 10:34

      RIP expression wishing eternal rest and peace, coined by the Catholics. Ironic considering Jeff's views on religion?

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-05-03 19:35

      I think when reffering to Jeff RIP means Reign in Peace.

  • Raven Sqarr - 2013-05-03 09:14

    This is a sad day for all in the underground community. R.I.P. Jeff. Thanks for shredding that axe for most of my life.

  • Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-05-03 10:21

    Angel of Death!

  • Hashiem Kassim - 2013-05-03 12:20


  • Jacques Van Zijl - 2013-05-03 14:44

    I have listened to slayer from he age of 14 and have all their albums and this is SH*t day in metal and my life !!! between them they made up ear screaming head banging music and for the most of my life I always look up to them as a band to measure other band with ... Rest my friend !!!

  • David Van Schalkwyk - 2013-05-03 18:18

    Very sad day for anyone that loves metal, rock, alternative, or any other form off music. Slayer is the band that revolution aliased rock music. We will miss u Jeff.

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