Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of thrash metal legends Slayer, has tragically passed away at the age of 49. After a period out of the band with a serious spider bite from which he contracted necrotizing fasciitis in February 2011, the guitarist died at 11:00AM on May 3rd 2013 from liver failure. Slayer have posted the following statement:
“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)”
We at DEAD PRESS! would like to offer our deepest condolences and best wishes to Jeff Hanneman‘s friends, family, bandmates and loved ones at this difficult time.