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Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies aged 49
Terrorizer is incredibly saddened to bring you the news that Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died aged 49.
Posting on their Facebook page late last night, Slayer released the following statement: “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. 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)”
Without Jeff Hanneman, Slayer certainly would not have created some of the most famous riffs in metal, which undoubtedly changed the entire genre. Certainly, without Jeff and Slayer’s influence, extreme metal as we know it wouldn’t exist and in turn, Terrorizer would never have seen the light of day.
One of the founding members of Slayer, Jeff brought a punk influence to the band, that was pivotal in Slayer’s speed, aggression and intensity; this influence was one he wore firmly on his sleeve and in 1984 he even had a short-lived punk side project called Pap Smear, featuring Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and Rocky George, guitarist from Suicidal Tendencies – although the material never saw the light of day, two songs ended up on Slayer’s 1996 album ‘Undisputed Attitude’.
His influence can be seen across the whole of the metal world, with many of his contemporaries paying tribute, from Metallica and Megadeth to Malevolent Creation and Lock Up; Jeff’s legacy is certainly one that will not be forgotten.
In 2011, Jeff contracted necrotizing fasciitis, which is believed to have originated from a spider bite, and in light of the situation he withdrew from active touring. By 2012, Slayer frontman Tom Araya announced Jeff had recovered from the disease, however earlier this year it was revealed that ongoing health problems had prevented Jeff from working with Slayer.
All of us here at Terrorizer were hoping to see Jeff make a full recovery and rejoin Slayer in time for their appearance at Bloodstock this summer as well as starting work on their eleventh studio album.
Our thoughts are with Jeff Hanneman’s family, friends and band mates at this time.
Listen to our Jeff Hanneman Spotify playlist below.