Slash and Dave Mustaine lead tributes to Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman

Rancid, Bullet For My Valentine and Guns N' Roses also pay tribute to late guitarist

Stars from the world of rock and metal, including Slash and Dave Mustaine, have paid tribute to Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman who passed away yesterday (May 2).

Hanneman, aged just 49, died from liver failure in a California hospital on the morning of May 2. It is believed the guitarist was suffering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that he is believed to have contracted from a spider bite.

Posting his tribute on Twitter, Slash wrote: “Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man.” Meanwhile, his former Guns ‘N’ Roses bandmate Duff McKagen wrote: “Jeff Hanneman of @Slayer RIP. Wow. I’m so very sorry for your loss Hanneman family.” Elsewhere, Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine summed up his feelings for Hanneman by stating: “Tonight one less star will be shining and sadly, the stage got just a little bit darker. Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013.”


It was not just the metal world paying tribute to Hanneman, with Grimes, Nick Zinner and Theo Hutchcraft of Hurts speaking out and showing their respect for the guitarist. Ryan Adams also made his feelings known, tweeting: “RIP Jeff Hanneman Sad day for #Slayer fans.”

Scroll down to see all of the tributes left online for Jeff Hanneman.


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