Huffpost Entertainment

Jeff Hanneman Dead: Slayer Guitarist Dies At Age 49

Posted: Updated:
JEFF HANNEMAN DEAD
Getty Images

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, has died. He was 49.

Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said Hanneman died Thursday morning of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital with his wife, Kathy, by his side.

The guitarist had recently begun writing songs with the band in anticipation of recording a new album later this year. He had been slowly recovering from what was believed to be a spider bite that nearly cost him his arm after he failed to seek immediate treatment.

"The music industry has lost a true trailblazer, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his bandmates and fans around the world who mourn his untimely passing," said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, in a statement.

Robinson-Fitzgerald said it's believed the spider bite contributed to the failure of Hanneman's liver, but it is unclear whether an autopsy will be scheduled. No funeral arrangements have been made.

"Jeff Hanneman will always be a metal god," rocker Andrew W.K. posted on Twitter.

Hanneman co-founded the thrash metal pioneers in Huntington Beach, Calif., in 1982.

___

AP Music Writer Chris Talbott contributed to this report from Nashville, Tenn.

Also on HuffPost:

Close
In Memoriam: Celebrities We've Lost In 2014
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Guitarist Jeff Hanneman, founding member of heavy metal's Slayer, dies

Jeff Hanneman Dead -- Slayer Guitarist Dies at 49

Slayer's Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies of liver failure aged 49

RIP Jeff Hanneman of Slayer

Guitarist Jeff Hanneman, founding member of Slayer, dies

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies at 49

RIP Slayer's Jeff Hanneman

Lead Guitarist and Founder of Slayer Jeff Hanneman Dies

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, RIP - Brooklyn Vegan