Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies aged 49

The founding member of the iconic metal band passed away yesterday from liver failure

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies aged 49

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Slayer guitarist and founding member Jeff Hanneman has died at the age of 49.

The musician - second from right in the picture above - passed away from liver failure in a California hospital on the morning of May 2. A statement from the band's publicist released yesterday read:

Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11am (PT) 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.


Hanneman co-founded the iconic band in 1981 with Kerry King.

Last year, the band posted a letter to fans on their website regarding Hanneman's condition. It explained that the guitarist had been in ill health since he was bitten by a spider over a year ago. It said:

"Slayer fans everywhere - it's time to let you know what is going on with our brother Jeff Hanneman. As you know, Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn't know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape."

It continued: "It's been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he's had several painful skin grafts, he's been in rehab doing exercises to regain the strength in his arm; but best of all, he's been playing guitar."

It added that Hanneman had recently been attending rehearsals with the band, but that Gary Holt would continue to fill in for him on all upcoming shows, including the band's summer dates in Europe. It is now not known if these shows will go ahead, following the news of Hanneman's passing.

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