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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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91.

Lenny overholt    

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

351 days ago
92.

RN    

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abscess

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.

351 days ago
93.

RN    

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abscess

351 days ago
94.

livinwild    

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

351 days ago
95.

A Wild Garden    

Such a great loss for Metal!

351 days ago
96.

total scrotal implosion    

Good riddance to DEAD DRUNK TRASH!

351 days ago
97.

Miva    

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-->http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/music/kathryn-hanneman-slayer-guitarist-jeff-hannemans-wife/

351 days ago
98.

Off_Axis    

\„/ R.I.P. - J.H. - R.I.P. \„/

351 days ago
99.

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!!!

351 days ago
100.

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.

351 days ago
101.

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.

351 days ago
102.

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!

351 days ago
103.

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.

351 days ago
104.

redbeard    

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

351 days ago
105.

rob on my knob    

RIP Jeff. Hell Awaits!!!

348 days ago
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