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Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman dead at 49

Posted by jessepac on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 6:19 PM (PST)


One of the Big 4 has lost a member, as Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died from liver failure at age 49. Hanneman has had some ailments over the past few years, including a spider bite that led to a disease known as necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh and nerve-eating virus that may or may not have led to his death. The Oakland, California native grew up in Long Beach and helped write two of the most iconic metal songs in history: “Raining Blood” and “Angel of Death.”

The band has had numerous replacements, including Gary Holt from Exodus and Pat O’Brien from Cannibal Corpse, filling in for Hanneman on tours and Big 4 concerts over the past few years.

Slayer posted the following earlier this morning:

“Slayer is devastated to inform that their band mate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. He was 49. 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.”

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