Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Passes Away At 49


Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away at around 11 a.m. on Thursday near his Southern California home at the age of 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed. 

The band confirmed Hanneman's passing in a brief statement via its official Facebook page on Thursday.

One of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning band Slayer, Hanneman had contributed both lyrical and musical material to every Slayer album and wrote the songs "Raining Blood", "War Ensemble", "South of Heaven", "Seasons in the Abyss" and "Angel of Death", which are played at almost every live Slayer show.

Slayer is currently slated to kick off its 2013 summer European tour, which was originally scheduled to feature guitarist Gary Holt (Exodus) alongside Kerry King. 

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