SLAYER have just announced that their band mate Jeff Hanneman has passed away today, aged 49. They posted the following on their facebook page:
“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)“
In 2011 Jeff contracted necrotizing fasciitis, most likely from a spider bite. The band made the tough decision to continue as they were touring at the time. Gary Holt from EXODUS then filled in for Jeff while he was recuperating.
REST IN PEACE JEFF \m/