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Slayer

Guitarist DEAD at 49

5/2/2013 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0501_jeff-hanneman_gettyMonstrous thrash-metal guitar hero and founding member of Slayer Jeff Hanneman has died of liver failure ... TMZ has confirmed. He was 49.

Reps for the legendary axeman said Hanneman was in a hospital near his SoCal home when his liver failed around 11 a.m.

The punk-influenced thrasher was a major part of Slayer's songwriting ... contributing lyrics and music on each of their albums ... including songs "Raining Blood," "War Ensemble" and "Seasons in the Abyss."

Hanneman and fellow Slayer guitarist Kerry King formed Slayer when both were auditioning for the same band in 1981 ... and decided to start their own.

Hanneman is survived by wife Kathy, sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry.

RIP.

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bernergirl    

Not a good day for the music industry. RIP

537 days ago
2.

Supr Dav     

So.... Slayee?

537 days ago
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sav    

NOOOOOOO, NOT JEFF!!! You will be missed brother! Slayer will forever Reign In Blood!

537 days ago
4.

Phreaky    

RIP Jeff :(
\m/ \m/

537 days ago
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shannon    

awww man! :(

537 days ago
6.

doucher    

R.I.p big man!!! Play it up in paradise

537 days ago
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Cricket    

Very sad news. R.I.P.

537 days ago
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Chuck    

Dang it...Jeff was awesome.

537 days ago
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Corey    

More than ever. ****IN SLAYER!!!!

537 days ago
10.

Mike    

Call me crazy, but I suspect that Jeff Hanneman drank many, many, many gallons of beer and hard liquor during his life. Hence, the liver issues ... unless he had hepatitis or something.

537 days ago
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Carl    

RIP. Sadly liver failure doesn't just happen out of the blue for no reason. I wonder if he was an alcoholic.

537 days ago
12.

Jeffsafe    

That's what 49 looks like? Wow I would have guessed closer to 60

537 days ago
13.

Sir Boo    

Too young to die.

537 days ago
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SkoobySnacks    

I read he was bitten by a Spider a while back and he never cult recovered which resulted in liver failure. .. never really was a fan of Slayer but the man had talent R.I.P

537 days ago
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Cold Azz Honkey    

Who is Slayer?

537 days ago
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