Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has tragically died at the age of 49.
Jeff passed away on May 2nd at 11am PST in his Southern California home.
The iconic Slayer shredder had been forced to abandon Slayer's live dates after contracting necrotizing fasciitis in 2011, most likely from a spider bite. However, necrotizing fasciitis has not been named as the official cause of Jeff's death. The guitarist's passing has been attributed to liver failure in an official press release sent out by Slayer's publicist.
The official press release reads:
"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.
One of Metal's all-time greatest guitarists and the composer of 'Angel Of Death', 'Raining Blood' and dozens of other Slayer classics, Jeff will be missed by millions of Metalheads worldwide.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jeff Hanneman, along with his brothers in Slayer.
Rest in peace, Jeff. You were one of the greatest of all time. You will never be forgotten.
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