Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died on May 2 of liver failure after suffering from necrotizing fasciitis (the flesh-eating disease), which may have been brought on by a 2011 spider bite.
Hanneman passed away at a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 49 and had his wife with him during his final moments.
The guitarist was known as one of the founding members of the thrash metal band. Prior to his death, he almost lost his arm to the flesh-eating disease and was replaced by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt for Slayer’s 2012 tour.
“Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home,” the band wrote on their Facebook page on Thursday.
They also wrote, “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)”
After hearing the news of the guitarist’s passing, the musical community and fans began to share their condolences and reactions to his death on Twitter.Read More »from Fans and musicians mourn the loss of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman