Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul’s cause of death ‘not suspicious’

The circumstances surrounding the passing of drum legend Vinnie Paul are said to not be suspicious, as more details of his death reportedly emerge.

The Pantera drummer and co-founder was found dead last week at the age of 54. His death sent shockwaves throughout the world of rock, inviting countless tributes from fellow artists.

While the official cause and manner of his death is yet to be revealed, official reports claim that his death “did not appear suspicious”. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Review-Journal claims that sources have revealed that he died of a “major heart attack” and also told TMZ that he passed “during his sleep”.

Vinnie Paul playing with Pantera in 1994
Vinnie Paul playing with Pantera in 1994

However, representatives from Paul’s management have since told Loudwire: “We have no knowledge of who spoke with TMZ. Whoever spoke to them did so on their own and not based on any factual information or authorisation from Vinnie’s family or Pantera management.”

They continued: “Our official statement remains: Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul passed away on Friday, June 22. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are currently available.

“When they are, an updated official statement will be released. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

The drummer co-founded metal group Pantera in 1981, with his brother Dimebag Darrell and Rex Brown.  The group split in 2003.

Vince Paul and Dimebag Darrell formed Damageplan that same year. They were performing in Columbus, Ohio on Dec 8, 2004 when Darrell was tragically shot and killed along with four other gig goers.

Since 2006, Paul was drumming for Hellyeah, a supergroup which featured Mudvayne singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, as well as Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell and bassist Jerry Montano. Damageplan’s Bob Zilla eventually replaced Montano on bass.