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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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31.

Nvts    

SLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

502 days ago
32.

Calico    

My condolences.
I lost a dear friend to cancer Oct. 2012-he was a true Slayer fan, and so gentle. RIP Jeff and P.

502 days ago
33.

train wreck    

couldn't you have taken the drummer for the black keys instead?

502 days ago
34.

Nostradamus    

Does anyone know what band he and Kerry KIng were auditioning for?
Just curious...not mentioned on Wiki.

502 days ago
35.

ShakaLaka    

Enjoy hell.

502 days ago
36.

Weedy1dad    

there dropping like flies

502 days ago
37.

Quinn    

Crazy. I was just blaring Slayer on my way to work just yesterday. RIP big fella.

502 days ago
38.

Vote2012    

Take one look at that pic he does not look like he lived a very healthy lifestyle, why are we surprised when someone like this kicks the bucket? Livers fail due to drugs and drinking 99 percent of the time, it's just a simply fact. Keep boozing and taking drugs and by the time you hit 49 you die.

502 days ago
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katedeannn    

rip \m/

502 days ago
40.

scoybot    

Why doesn't TMZ talk about the years he spent recovering from a spider bite that cost him his arm, his career, liver and kidneys, and ultimately his life. If you are going to report it, then do your f 'ing homework TMZ! Educate some of these fools.

502 days ago
41.

jay26mc    

A rock star that died at a fairly young age and not because of drugs or alcohol. Wish TMZ would elaborate on what caused his death so people wouldnt assume it was from a reckless lifestyle.

502 days ago
42.

SoWhat    

Sad news, he was a good guy and great guitar player.

502 days ago
43.

Jeoff    

As a 51 yo that has liver problems over the last few yrs and don't know when of what will ahppen to me in the future Mkakes me glad Im still alive today. I did listen to some of his music whil younger. Hope it was not alcohol related. This just shows you live life to the fullest while younger. But if it is related to alchol related. Guys from a older person . Whatch what you do when you are younger. RIP SIR.

502 days ago
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djgraf89     

\m/

502 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

WOW!... R.I.P.

502 days ago
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