Reporting Jay Tilles
Slayer founding member Jeff Hanneman died today of liver failure. The legendary guitarist was 49.
The band issued a statement this afternoon (May 2) via their 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.
Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)”
Fan reaction began searing through social media immediately.
Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man.—
(@Slash) May 02, 2013
Wow. Wow wow. Jeff, SLAYER is an institution. So many high school memories flooding back. RIP JEFF. TOO YOUNG. X-T—
Neon Trees (@neontrees) May 02, 2013
Vans (@VANS_66) May 02, 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 02, 2013
JEFF HANNEMAN REIGN IN PEACE—
Transplants (@transplantsband) May 02, 2013
rest in peace, Jeff Hanneman, founding member of Slayer.—
Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) May 03, 2013
The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) May 02, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans of Jeff Hanneman from @Slayer who passed away today. RIP Jeff!—
Ronnie James Dio (@OfficialRJDio) May 02, 2013
Rest In Peace Jeff Hanneman! A True Heavy Metal LEGEND! twitpic.com/cnp1b7—
Hatebreed (@hatebreed) May 02, 2013
“Angel of Death” (see below) was just one of a long list of metal classics composed by Hanneman.
Tonight’s Revolver Magazine Golden Gods Awards is sure to feel the impact of Hanneman’s death. Artists slated to appear include Metallica, Danzig, Anthrax, Stone Sour, Dillinger Escape Plan, Rob Zombie and more. For the first time, the awards will be shows live via Facebook and XBox Live.