Pantera posted the shocking news:

Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah.
No further details are available at this time.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.

Rest in Peace, Vinnie.

UPDATE: "Vinnie's family tells TMZ ... he died in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas."

The Phil Anselmo-led Pantera broke up in 2003, at which point Vinnie and his brother and Pantera bandmate Dimebag Darrell started the band Damageplan. Darrell was murdered on stage in 2004. Vinnie joined Hellyeah in 2006 and was still a member at the time of his death. Vinnie was 54, and was reportedly in Las Vegas where he has a home at the time of his death.

Tributes from Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Lars Ulrich, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Dave Mustaine, Scott Ian, Travis Barker, Sebastian Bach, Brett Michaels & MANY, MANY more, HERE.

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