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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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16.

Ummmmm    

Famous people die in 3's I wonder who is next...

436 days ago
17.

Ethan Djuricin    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKAuZRh8wko

436 days ago
18.

Mr.Mackey    

Slayer will move on, Jeff would want it that way. Slayer kicks ass.

436 days ago
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IHATETHEKARDASHIANS    

Never heard of this guy but he is certainly better off now. Liver failure is one of the most terrible ways to die. It is slow and horrifically painful. My brother passed away from it at 54. It was agonizing to watch. RIP Mr. Hanneman.

436 days ago
20.

Deathrider    

I'm guessing it's down to the drugs they gave him while suffering from a spider bite that caused necrotising fasciitis. Awful news, seen Slayer many times.

RIP Jeff.

436 days ago
21.

scoybot    

He was bitten by a spider and it nearly killed him. It wreaked havoc on his body and he couldn't tour because of it. So save the alcoholic and shallow druggie comments for those who deserve it.

436 days ago
22.

Truth    

LIVER FAILURE?? ALCOHOL AND COCAINE ARE HELLUVA DRUG. #TRUTH!!

436 days ago
23.

penguin    

God is thrown the devil horns as Jeff walks through the pearly gates.... \m/ FUKCIN SLAYER \m/

436 days ago
24.

rhode    

Now I feel old.

436 days ago
25.

Morticia Cowghoul    

dang. bad week for music fans. first the possum. now this. they come in 3's don't they.....wouldn't be nice if the 3rd was actually someone who wouldn't be missed....bret micheals, eddie vedder, coldplay....ya know.
REIGN IN BLOOD for ever!

436 days ago
26.

jamiesrf    

Kerri King and Jeff made SLAYER! Sad day for the thrash scene !! RIP

436 days ago
27.

whitey ford    

Rest in Power and Long Live Thrash.

436 days ago
28.

Rotten Puppets    

RIP to a Metal God. Hell Awaits!

436 days ago
29.

HillbillyHell    

Liver Failure = Alcoholic

436 days ago
30.

Mrugowsky    

That's terrible. There was THE triumvirate of metal music: Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth and he wasn't that old.

436 days ago
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