The person responsible for vandalising Dimebag Darrell’s grave has apologised after Darrell’s former band Pantera said they were “disgusted” by the act.
Reece Eber, the frontman of metal band Nuclear Hellfrost, wrote on his personal Facebook page that the incident was “the dumbest possible delinquent act” and revealed that his bandmates took no part in the crime.
“My friends and I have received death threats and multiple insults over the past day or so, I’ve made the… news, and all I can say to sum it all up is I’m deeply sorry,” Eber said.
He added: “The fact of the matter is I feel awful and guilty and this will stick with me forever, just like the Seinfeld guy using the N word.”
Eber vandalised Darrell’s grave a few months after the 10th anniversary of the guitarist’s death. He posted a photo of the crime onto social media under the handle crustyplague. “I HATE Pantera… with a passion,” an accompanying message read. “And so does the rest of my band. So on tour going through Texas we paid douchebag Darrell a visit, we spit on his grave, stole a pair of cowboy boots, and I wrote ‘FAG’ on his grave… I’m not a homphobe but I hope all the panturrra fans see this and shit themselves with anger… FUCK DIMEBAG, buncha racist hillbillies.”
Last week, Pantera shared a screengrab of the post on their official Facebook and revealed that the culprits also “spit on [Darrell’s] grave and stole a pair of cowboy boots that had been placed there previously. “We are absolutely disgusted by this!” The band wrote.
Nuclear Hellfroft have since denied any connection to the incident. “Anything having to do with grave desecration was entirely a hoax put on by our former lead singer completely disconnected from the other members of the band,” they said.
Dimebag Darrell, real name Darrell Lance Abbott, was shot and killed by a gunman while on stage during a performance with his band Damageplan in December 2004, a year after Pantera split. Investigators later announced that the musician’s murder was not motivated by the break-up of his former band, of which he was a founding member.