Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman has passed away at 49

The Angel Of Death has taken yet another victim.

Jeff Hanneman, guitarist of the legendary thrash titans Slayer, passed away this morning. Hanneman co-founded Slayer in 1981 with guitarist Kerry King and were true pioneers of the trash metal movement as part of the “Big Four” along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth. Jeff wrote many of Slayer’s biggest hits and is often overlooked and overshadowed because of his humble approach to fame.

After suffering a near fatal spider bite to his arm (which lead to him contracting necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacterial disease) in 2011, Hanneman was forced to sit out tours and needed intense physical therapy.  He was recently on the road to full recovery with plans to write a new Slayer album in the near future.  Hanneman will live on through many classic Slayer albums, but will surely be missed by his family, friends, and fans.

Below is the press release from Slayer’s publicist:

“Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate 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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Oh, and one last thing, SLAAAAAAYER!!!

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