Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49: Rockers Pay Tribute on Twitter
As reported earlier, legendary Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died at 11AM PT today. Hanneman had contracted the skin tissue disease necrotizing fasciitis, most likely from a spider bite, in early 2011, and had not been touring with the band since that time. He has remained an official member of Slayer as Exodus guitarist Gary Holt took his place for the band’s live shows.
The cause of death was cited as liver failure, although it was not specified whether it was directly related to the necrotizing fasciitis. In a statement, the band wrote:
“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)”
We are devastated by this tragic news, as are Hanneman’s peers in the metal world. Upon hearing of his death, metal and rock luminaries such as Slash, Corey Taylor, David Draiman, Pantera and more immediately took to Twitter to express their condolences. Below are their Tweets in reaction to Hanneman’s passing:
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this… fb.me/x8bXmzyH
— Slayer (@Slayer) May 2, 2013
Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man.
— Slash (@Slash) May 2, 2013
RIP Jeff Hanneman. Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at… fb.me/2zQFuwgDv
— Pantera (@Pantera) May 2, 2013
RIP TO A TITAN OF METAL;billboard.com/biz/articles/1…
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) May 2, 2013
Just found out Jeff Hanneman has passed away. What a sad day for us metal fans. He will truly be missed. My heart goes out to Kerry and co.
— The Boogie Knight (@CoreyTaylorRock) May 2, 2013
R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman. This is rough news. Hanneman wrote the Slayer songs we all loved the most. Condolences to the Slayer crew.
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) May 2, 2013
RIP Jeff Hanneman
— TheDevilWearsPrada (@TDWPband) May 2, 2013
— Anthrax (Band) (@Anthrax) May 2, 2013
We are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Jeff Henneman. Our condolences and sympathies go out to his friends, family and bandmates.
— hellyeahband (@hellyeahband) May 2, 2013
R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman, brother in thrash.
— Testament (@testament) May 2, 2013
We’re saddened by the death of @slayer guitarist, Jeff Hanneman. Our prayers and best wishes to Slayer and Jeff’s family.
— ☠ Papa Roach ☠ (@paparoach) May 2, 2013