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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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76.

Jeffrey dauhmer    

666 satin welcomes him home...f*%jn junkie..Ai+skilled the f@g.

435 days ago
77.

str8edgewriter    

At least he (slowly) killed himself, whereas rappers kill others (and a normal citizen's eardrums with their garbage "music"). I'd rather die w awesome tunes and a shot liver than terrible music and "sizzurp". Talking to you, Lil Wayne and the rest of the nonsense "artists" that appeal to the unemployable.

435 days ago
78.

q    

R.I.P.

435 days ago
79.

Lucky_130    

I love how I am a clown for talking about Hell, but yet thats what this band sung about. Hell Awaits retards!

434 days ago
80.

War Ensemble    

I only known this from my frends txt message. I;m also shocked to know this. I hope Kerry King is regretful for ditching Jeff & Dave.
RIP Jeff. \m/

434 days ago
81.

War Ensemble    

I only known this from my frends txt message. I was also shocked aside from Dave Lombardo's departure . I hope Kerry is regretful for ditching them both away.
RIP Jeff. We will miss u. \m/

434 days ago
82.

greeknyc    

49? he looks like he's 69! rough rocker life...

434 days ago
83.

Jimmy Russel    

Looks like the Slayer... has been Slain!

434 days ago
84.

feedthepig222@gmail.com    

Remember people were here for only a moment

434 days ago
85.

Gretel    

Is the guy in that picture only 49?

434 days ago
86.

billybob    

a truly gifted and talented guitar player, an icon of trash metal, ... hope that Slayer will continue...RIP

434 days ago
87.

DASWOLF13    

The liver failure was from complications of necrotizing fasciitis he got from a venomous spider bite last year. Not hepatitis you ignorant dip****s. This man directly or indirectly influenced every EVERY metal band (of any sub genre) that came after, he left a musical legacy while you ignorant dildos only leave "witty" comments. Huge loss to the heavy music world and my heartfelt thanks and condolences go out to him and his family.

434 days ago
88.

The Memorium Team    

Rest in peace Angel of Death Jeff Hanneman. One of the best shredders who ever lived. Made him an online memorial here: http://www.thememorium.com/Memorials/JeffHanneman

434 days ago
89.

victor    

SLAYER will never die while one single true fan remains... long live to Jeff, SLAYER is 4ever!!!!

434 days ago
90.

Lenny overholt    

Sad day in the metal world. R.I.P.

434 days ago
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