Posted in metal | music on May 2, 2013

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Jeff Hanneman

Founding member of Slayer, guitarist, and metal legend Jeff Hanneman died at 11AM PDT of liver failure at the age of 49, according to a report on Billboard.

Hannemann formed one of the greatest metal bands of all time, Slayer, in 1981, taking them to the top of the metal world and creating bonafide classics like Reign in Blood, South of Heaven, Seasons in the Abyss and more in the process. Thirty years later, Hannemann was forced to leave behind the band he loved after contracting necrotizing fasciitis in early 2011. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt sat in his stead in the time since.

Jeff Hanneman and Slayer are 100% responsible for creating some of the most important records of all time. I am personally saddened by the news. Rest in Peace.

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Comments (41)

God damn it Jeff. Never would have picked up a guitar if I wasn't for you. Been working at a recording studio for 4 years, sure that never would have happend if you hadn't started Slayer either. Enjoy Valhalla.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 7:05 PM

He's south of heaven now.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 7:07 PM

REST IN POWER

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 7:15 PM

RIP

\m/

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 7:24 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 7:30 PM

So sad.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 8:04 PM

damn. really, really shitty news.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 8:18 PM

RIP. Super sad.
Also on a side note, I love how every shitty hipster band on this site gets like 40 comments and one of the best metal guitarists dies and there are only 7 or so. People just don't know good music.

Posted by Dee | May 2, 2013 8:31 PM

Damned shame.

R.I.P.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 8:38 PM

8:31: that's because the site is called BrooklynVegan and it caters to those people. Don't expect anything else. There are plenty of metal blogs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 8:49 PM

oh F>>>>>>k!!! awful, awful news. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 9:14 PM

brutal. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:01 PM

Wow, that blows. RIP Jeff.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:17 PM

god bless ya brother. Shred forever.

Posted by Hawk | May 2, 2013 10:54 PM

Rancid, Angel of Jeff
Flying free...

Posted by ChuckD | May 2, 2013 11:08 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 11:14 PM

Awful, awful news. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 11:36 PM

Shuffled off this mortal coil straight to Valhalla. Goodnight Sweet Sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 12:24 AM

I take some small solace in the fact that it is pretty metal to die of something called necrotizing fasciitis.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 12:57 AM

Rest in peace Angel of Death Jeff Hanneman. One of the best shredders who ever lived. Made him an online memorial here: http://www.thememorium.com/Memorials/JeffHanneman

Posted by TheMemorium | May 3, 2013 1:15 AM

Damn. RIP JEFF hope you and dimebag are ripping it up wherever you two are.

Posted by Brandon | May 3, 2013 2:35 AM

I'm also saddened by the news, but please, in good taste, correct the spelling of Jeff Hanneman's name in the second paragraph. It's easy to make a typographical error in any case, especially given the emotional circumstances, but the sincerity with which this is expressed deserves its companion in execution. Take care all.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 2:56 AM

What a sad day for metal indeed. He was one of the main characters & song writers in the extreme metal and will be vastly missed. Finland will not forget you, Jeff.

If Slayer ever manage to continue after this and to record one more studio album, please let Mr Gary Holt to contribute as well. An album-full of Kerry King riff-o-rama would not bring anything new to their game.

Posted by Slayer Finland | May 3, 2013 5:17 AM

Love you Jeff RIP brother!

Posted by Aussie Slayer Fan | May 3, 2013 5:59 AM

R.I.P JEFF, thanks for the riffs

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 6:04 AM

this sucks, RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 8:13 AM

49 years old, way too young. Like everyone else here, I just assumed he would get well and return to the fold...thanks Jeff, you wrote some of the best metal shit EVER.

Posted by Yet Mustaine will live to be 100 | May 3, 2013 8:28 AM

Damn. what kind of spider bit him? none of the articles i've seen have said.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 8:34 AM

RIP, guy absolutely shredddded

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 9:01 AM

12:57 stole my post

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 10:29 AM

All my prays. Goodnight Sweet Sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 10:44 AM

Too bad it wasn't Kerry King instead

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 12:11 PM

We need Kerry King, he makes commercials with rodeo clowns.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 12:41 PM

We were so looking forward to see Jeff on stage, it's heartbreaking to know that he is gone, all of our love are with his wife Kathryn-->http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/music/kathryn-hanneman-slayer-guitarist-jeff-hannemans-wife/

Posted by Nill | May 3, 2013 12:58 PM

Jeff, hope you are doing shots and jammin mad riffs with Dimebag, Chuck Schulinder, Randy Rhodes, Cliff Burton and all the other hellraisers.

Reign in Hell, Angel of Death.

Stay Evil \m/

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 5:59 PM

Jeff is slayer, wrote the heart of it all. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2013 1:51 PM

JEFF
PETE
CHUCK
DIME
RONNIE
RANDY
CLIFF
CLIVE


Best
Metal
Band
Ever

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2013 3:02 PM

RIP Jeff and Slayer cuz Slayer ain't Slayer without him.

Posted by D | May 5, 2013 1:17 AM

d. boon and jeff hanneman are looking at one another in guitar heaven

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2013 8:14 PM

Forum gitar works as vibration

Posted by may loc nuoc | May 7, 2013 2:51 AM

I am a youth worker in a Catholic Church and I lead many young people in prayer. Today I want to pray for one of my all time guitar heroes -Jeff Hanneman. I grew up listening to Slayer and they are a big part of me, even in playing Christian music, believe it or not. No matter what you believe, music transcends all boundaries and this man was a major part of who I am. I pray for your family and friends and the GREAT BAND that is SLAYER. May you rest in peace brother.

Posted by Brandy | May 13, 2013 4:35 AM

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