Thrash metal fans got some devastating news today that one of its pioneers has gone to that great big mosh pit in the sky (or down below depending on your personal religious musical preference).
Jeff Hanneman was one of the founding members of the popular group Slayer and its lead guitarist for the group’s long incarnation. He passed away yesterday morning due to liver failure at the age of 49. The group informed their fans of their loss on their Facebook page and fans flocked to the post to share their condolences with the group and Hanneman’s family and friends.
Hanneman’s condition may have been caused by a serious spider bite that almost killed him more than a year ago. He explained he had been bitten while relaxing in a hot tub and didn’t get it treated right away because he didn’t realize he had been bitten until the flesh and muscles on his arm suddenly started rotting away. An update from the band in 2012 revealed that he had pulled out of a European tour because the spider bite almost cost him the use of his arm and even put him in a medically induced coma for more than a few days. He recovered and had to endure some serious rehabilitation to regain his strength and ability to walk but he was back with the band before his most recent setback.
Let’s hope that this devastating loss won’t cause the group to leave us as well. Sure it may not be the first or even the most important concern in this devastating time for the group but we’re sure that Hanneman and Satan would have wanted Slayer to continue rocking in their almighty name, even after suffering such a difficult loss.
Everyone at COED would like to offer their condolences to Hanneman’s family and friends in this difficult time.