Slayer Founding Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies Aged 49 -
Thrash legend Jeff Hanneman, founding member of metal titans Slayer, has died.
A statement on the band's Facebook fan-page said Hanneman died of liver failure in California on Thursday, he was aged 49.
Hanneman had been sidelined from Slayer since 2011 after suffering necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that is believed to have been brought on by a spider bite.
On their website, Slayer paid tribute to "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," the statement read.
Hanneman was being treated in a local hospital when he "suffered liver failure," it added.
Over the past three decades, the band released nine studio albums and performed at countless live shows around the globe.
A number of musicians took to their social media channels to pay
tribute to Jeff, including ex-Guns'n'Roses
"Tragic and shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man".
"We're saddened by the death of SLAYER guitarist, Jeff Hanneman. Our prayers and best wishes to SLAYER and Jeff's family."
"Our brother Jeff Hanneman, may he rest in peace (1964 - 2013)"
"Anvil send their condolences to the Slayer and the Jeff Hanneman family. R.I.P."
The Recording Academy also released a
statement, describing Hanneman as,
"an intense and powerful guitarist and a force to be reckoned with on stage".
President Neil Portnow said,
"The music industry has lost a true trailblazer, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his bandmates and fans around the world who mourn his untimely passing."
Our thoughts are with Jeff's friends and family at this time.