Guitar virtuoso behind Slayer’s hard-hitting riffs, Jeff Hanneman, has passed away at the young age of 49-years-old. The band issued a statement on their official website:
OUR BROTHER JEFF HANNEMAN, MAY HE REST IN PEACE (1964 – 2013)
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.
In early 2011, Jeff suffered from necrotizing fasciitis, which was said to be the result of a spider bite. It was at that time that Jeff pulled out of active touring with the band. He passed away from liver failure near his home in Southern California, surrounded by his wife Kathryn and his siblings.
May he rest in peace. The metal community and Slayer will never be the same again. Today, in tribute, we will listen to “Reign In Blood” by Slayer: