Thursday, May 2, 2013

Jeff Hanneman Dead at Age 49

I don't really have the word to put together about the passing of Jeff Hanneman. Without a doubt, one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters in the history of metal who will leave a gaping hole in our community for years to come. 
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)
A quick post on the Slayer Facebook page but an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of their fans. When I started my show almost a decade ago, I had one thing in mind, Essential Slayer. There was and always has been one metal band who was able to bridge the extreme metal gap, integral to our art, our culture, our everything, and a huge piece of that is now gone. May he rest in metal with so many other greats who went before him, Dio, Mike Scaccia, Chuck Schuldiner, Dimebag...peace be with you Jeff Hanneman, we are metal for you, your legacy will always live on.

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