Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman has passed away at the age of 49. Hanneman died of Liver Failiure which is suspected to have developed in realtion to him contracted Necrotizing Faciitis after being bitten by a Spider in early 2011.
Hanneman was a founder member of Slayer along with Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo. Along with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax Slayer made up the Big Four thrash bands that shaped the sound and style of a whole genre of music that would spawn many more sub genres.
On the Slayer Facebook page the band posted this message:
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. 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.
Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)
The internet has been awash with tributes from peers.
Slash: "Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for metal. RIP man."
Dan Spitz (ex-ANTHRAX): "Changing the world through music isn't easy... Mission accomplished. Glad to be a part of all we did together through the years. RIP Jeff Hanneman."
ScribesOfMetal.com would like to add their condolences to the masses already expressed to Jeff's wife, his siblings, the rest of his family, his metal brothers from Slayer and the rest of his friends. We'll leave you for the time being with a bit of classic Slayer from their Rock Am Ring performance from 2005. Everyone should go and enjoy some Slayer today to honour Jeff.