We are sad to inform you that Slayer guitarist and co-founder Jeff Hanneman has passed away yesterday (May 2) after suffering a liver failure near his home in Southern California. He was 49.
"Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11 a.m. 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," reads the official announcement.
Metal community was quick to react to shocking news, with fans and musicians from around the globe giving their condolences. As the composer of such timeless metal classics as "Angel of Death," "Raining Blood," "Seasons in the Abyss" and "War Ensemble" Hanneman will forever be remembered as one of the metal greats.
After co-founding Slayer with Kerry King in 1981 and releasing a total of ten studio albums, Hanneman stopped performing with the group in 2011 after contracting necrotizing fasciitis, a severe flesh eating disease, from a supposed spider bite.
We have lost a true giant. Rest in peace Jeff Hanneman.
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this... fb.me/x8bXmzyH
Slayer (@Slayer) May 2, 2013
Jeff Hanneman of @slayer RIP. Wow. I'm so very soory for your loss Hanneman family.
Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) May 2, 2013
Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man.
Slash (@Slash) May 2, 2013
RIP Jeff Hanneman. Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at... fb.me/2zQFuwgDv
Pantera (@Pantera) May 2, 2013
R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman, brother in thrash.
Testament (@testament) May 2, 2013
Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) May 2, 2013
Wow... I just heard some really sad news .R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman
Robert Caggiano (@RobCaggiano) May 2, 2013
WOW....I'm in shock...RIP Jeff Hanneman....wow....
Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) May 2, 2013
R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman fb.me/1VZfF3wY7
Dimmu Borgir (@dimmuborgir) May 2, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Jeff Hanneman of @slayer.Our condolences to his family and friends.
Queensrÿche (@queensryche) May 2, 2013
Just found out Jeff Hanneman has passed away. What a sad day for us metal fans. He will truly be missed. My heart goes out to Kerry and co.
The Boogie Knight (@CoreyTaylorRock) May 2, 2013
RIP TO A TITAN OF METAL;billboard.com/biz/articles/1
DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) May 2, 2013
sad to hear of jeff hanneman passing. R.I.P.@slayer
Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) May 2, 2013
Brutal news about Jeff. Like a punch in the gut. Tonight will be a proper send off for our brother. #GoldenGods
Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) May 3, 2013
Just heard the sad news about Jeff Hanneman of Slayer.My condolences to his family,the band and all his friends and fans..RIP
Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) May 3, 2013
#RIP Jeff Hanneman your playing/riffs had a major influence on many growing up. Peace n strength to all of your loved ones.Thx 4 the tunes
Payable On Death (@POD) May 3, 2013
Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) May 3, 2013
RIP Jeff Hanneman.One of the greatest songwriters in all of metal let alone music.Our hearts go out to his family and band mates.
Machine Head (@MfnH) May 3, 2013
Tonight one less star will be shining and sadly, the stage got just a little bit darker. Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013.
Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) May 3, 2013