Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Passes Away At 49

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Jeff Hanneman (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Jeff Hanneman (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Slayer founding member Jeff Hanneman died today of liver failure. The legendary guitarist was 49.

The band issued a statement this afternoon (May 2) via their publicist.

“Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)”

For fan and industry reaction, head to Radio.com

“Angel of Death” was just one of a long list of metal classics composed by Hanneman.

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