Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies at 49

The guitarist passed away from liver failure

The metal community has lost one of its heroes.  It has been reported that Slayer guitarist and founding member Jeff Hanneman has died at the age of 49.  Hanneman passed away Thursday, May 2nd from liver failure.

“Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11 am this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure,” the band’s publicist states.

Hanneman and Kerry King formed the thrash-metal band in Huntington Park, CA in 1981.  Slayer rose to mainstream fame with their breakout smash album Reign In Blood  in 1986.  The group is credited as one of the “Big Four” thrash metal acts along with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax.

Hanneman is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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