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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.




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Kids, an abscess is very common. A spider bite resulting in necrotizing fasciitis is VERY RARE.

If you do IV drugs, drink and destroy your body's filter, have unprotected sex and catch the very common Hep B and/or C, then guess what? You destroy your body's filtration system even more, and the result is an infection (abscess) that your body just can't clear, and antibiotics can't really make up for the difference.

Learn from the man if you respected him.

537 days ago


He probably got an abscess for all the reasons that most people get them, and a spider bite is not one of those reasons.

537 days ago


RIP!!! A great trash metal god u will always b in r hearts!!!!

537 days ago

A Wild Garden    

Such a great loss for Metal!

537 days ago

total scrotal implosion    

Good riddance to DEAD DRUNK TRASH!

537 days ago


We were so looking forward to see Jeff on stage, it's heartbreaking to know that he is gone, all of our love are with his wife Kathryn-->

537 days ago


\„/ R.I.P. - J.H. - R.I.P. \„/

537 days ago

Will Baker    

"HE WAS PROBABLY AN ALCOHOLIC LIKE MANY WHITEYS", wow! how did the mods of this page not catch this racist crap? If it was racist againmst any other race it would probably be quickly seen and deleted or at least repremanded, it is BLARINGLY RACIST! Just wow! Jeff died from liver failure from complications due to health issues stemming from a spider bite that gave him the flesh eating disease in 2011. Think before speaking about others, grow up. grow a heart!!!

537 days ago

Will Baker    

"Anyone who writes music about Satan, Hell, and ripping peoples faces off has probably not moved on to heaven". Dude, how ignorant. Funny you should say that given that you're profile pic is of a violent hero character, theres lots of violence and sex in movies and books, including the one you have. Thus, you're no better for watching it then Jeff, his lyrics/music was not serious, well the music was, the lyrics were FANTASY ya know-like a novel or a movie, hellooo!!! Some even had relevant social issues, "angel of death" was an anti-holocaust/nazi song whose intent was to show the horroific realities of the holocaust to deniers. I mean, look in the mirror dude.

537 days ago

Will Baker    

RIP Riff god Hanneman :( Forever will your music live in our hearts!

BTW, Hannemen died from liver failure, not due to drinking, but due to a spider bite in 2011 that gave him necrotizing fastitis{how is it spelled? ...flesh eating disease}, he died from complications due to it.

537 days ago

Daniel Lewis    

He was gold when he played the guitar. He would electrified and mystified the masses. R.I.P. Brother Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013. Slayer Rules!

537 days ago

Mike Thrash    

TMZ - just wanted to let you know that some of the pics you have of Hanneman are not of Jeff, but his replacement, Gary Holt from Exodus. Gary took over for Jeff shortly after the spider incident so that he could recuperate.

536 days ago


Slayer was one of my biggest influences growing up,his style is one that is like no in peace my friend

536 days ago

rob on my knob    

RIP Jeff. Hell Awaits!!!

533 days ago


he was legend and hurts my feelings that he is not with us :'( "metal never dies" \m/

323 days ago
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