After his tragic passing a week ago, doctors have released the official cause of death for Slayer guitarist and founding member Jeff Hanneman.
The band revealed in a statement: ‘We’ve just learned that the official cause of Jeff’s death was alcohol-related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life.
Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record’.
Jeff Hanneman had been recovering from necrotising fasciitis after a serious spider bite, yet medical expert Dr Kent Sepkowitz suggested the disease may have in fact been a result of the guitar player’s drinking. He stated: ‘Despite the tidiness of the narrative suggesting that the old necrotising fasciitis caused the new liver failure, the story is exactly the opposite. People with severe underlying medical problems, such as chronic liver disease, are at increased risk for necrotising fasciitis’.
Slayer are soon to announce details of a public memorial for Jeff.