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Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman

Band Says Alcohol Abuse

Killed Rocker

5/10/2013 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis -- scarring of the liver from years of heavy drinking ... this according to the band's official website.

The band posted a statement on its website ... saying, "While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection (AKA flesh-eating disease) that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life."

"Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record."

FYI -- Hanneman had several operations last year to remove dead tissue from his arm ... he believed he contracted the freaky, flesh-eating bacteria from a spider bite he suffered in a friend's hot tub.

Hanneman was the heart and soul of Slayer ... not only was he a HUGE guitar hero, but he also wrote several of their best-known songs, including "Raining Blood" and "Seasons in the Abyss."

Slayer is planning a public celebration of his life later this month ... but details are still being worked out.

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346 days ago
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IwuvTMZ    

And drugs.

346 days ago
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Truth    

TYPICAL... NOT A SURPRISE. ROCKET SCIENCE DEGREES NOT NECESSARY. #TRUTH!!

346 days ago
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Tony    

I know a lot of people will say "Talentless hacks lolol satanists" whatever. Slayer are the pinnacle of metal and Jeffs death is a huge deal.

And yes metal bands like to drink. Big deal.

R.I.P. Jeff.

346 days ago
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Shoozie    

And there is nothing we, as a society, can do. They practiced prohibition in the early part of the 20th century so people set up their own stills. If you want it, you will get it.

346 days ago
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Mr. Clean    

+1 to what Tony said. Slayer is a ground breaking band and this is a pretty substantial loss. Hopefully they can find a way to continue but I'd respect them hanging it up.
RIP Jeff

346 days ago
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angie    

Um..you could also need dead tissue removed when ur shootin dope and develop an abscess. Spider bites are the biggest excuse junkies use for those. Just sayin...

346 days ago
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Lucky_130    

I read all that on there website, yesterday.

346 days ago
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Elizabeth Alan    

Yes - there are evil spirits in the bottle or the powder. Too many people accomplish everything and then let a substance turn it into sand in their hand... and life trickles away.

346 days ago
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Nadiadamit    

I am with Tony also... Anyone who claims to know metal at all~ knows who runs the show..Slayer has been the leaders from the beginning and never ****ing sold out (cough, Metallica). Always respected... Its tragic and a devastating loss to music and a metal generation..point blank.

346 days ago
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brade33    

Spiders can swim?

346 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

Good to see that you reported the died from the effects of alcohol yet the you show a photo of him playing a guitar made up to look vaguely like a beer label.
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Save the story, with a few words changed here and there it can be about Lindsay Lohan's death from alcohol in a few years.

346 days ago
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Grammadee94    

Alcohol Abuse killed the rocker -- Gee, WHAT a surprise!!!! --- NOT. Just looking at his physical appearance, I KNEW it was either alcohol, drugs or BOTH, before I even read the article.

346 days ago
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August    

How come the 12-Step religious AA/NA cult's "HIGHER POWER" didn't SAVE HIM?

It is a REAL "HIGHER POWER", isn't it?

345 days ago
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Stacie    

Let this be a lesson. This is what happens when you are drunk or high 24-7. It is a shame that he never learned after what happened to Layne Staley or Peter Steele.

345 days ago
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