BREAKING NEWS: Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Dead At 49
We’ll have more on the developing story as it unfolds, but it is with great sadness that HEAVY reports to you on the death of Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman.
Jeff passed away at about 11 a.m. today (Thursday, May 2) (US time) 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.
Hanneman — who in January 2011 contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since — spoke to U.K.’s Classic Rock magazine in the fall of 2011 about his recovery which has seen him sit out an entire two years’ worth of touring with the band.
More from this story throughout the day…
Tributes Flow From Metal Community For Jeff Hannerman
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this… fb.me/x8bXmzyH
— Slayer (@Slayer) May 2, 2013
— Guns N’ Roses (@gunsnroses) May 3, 2013
R.I.P…Jeff Hanneman who played guitar in one of my favorite bands ever…SLAYER….Sad News. fb.me/Uz5ND2Qb
— zebrahead (@zebrahead) May 3, 2013
RIP Jeff Hanneman. You will be greatly missed. #Slayer
— Gibson Guitar (@gibsonguitar) May 3, 2013
Riff in peace Jeff Hanneman. SLAYER.
— Gallows Official (@gallowsofficial) May 2, 2013
RIP brother. You will be missed. SLAYER Guitarist JEFF HANNEMAN Dead At 49 bit.ly/Yi7r5A
— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) May 2, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends andfans of Jeff Hanneman from @slayer who passed away today. RIP Jeff!
— Ronnie James Dio (@OfficialRJDio) May 2, 2013
— Lamb Of God (@Lambofgodband) May 2, 2013
Jeff Hanneman of @slayer RIP. Wow. I’m so very soory for your loss Hanneman family.
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) May 2, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Jeff Hanneman of @slayer.Our condolences to his family and friends.
— Queensrÿche (@queensryche) May 2, 2013
Sad day for Heavy Metal…Jeff Hanneman of Slayer R.I.P.
— wednesday 13 (@officialwed13) May 2, 2013
RIP Jeff Hanneman.One of the greatest songwriters in all of metal let alone music.Our hearts go out to his family and band mates.
— Machine Head (@MfnH) May 3, 2013
RIP Jeff Hanneman fb.me/1W77VMulj
— Cancer Bats (@cancerbats) May 3, 2013
Our heart goes out Jeff Hanneman’s friends and family.You will be missed man.
— Rancid (@Rancid) May 3, 2013
Rest In Peace Jeff Hanneman! A True Heavy Metal LEGEND! twitpic.com/cnp1b7
— Hatebreed (@hatebreed) May 2, 2013
We are so devasted to hear about the passing of Jeff Hanneman. One of the greatest have passed on and please,… fb.me/223dnN4vE
— In Flames OFFICIAL (@InFlames_SWE) May 2, 2013
Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man.
— Slash (@Slash) May 2, 2013
R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman. This is rough news. Hanneman wrote the Slayer songs we all loved the most. Condolences to the Slayer crew.
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) May 2, 2013
RIP TO A TITAN OF METAL;billboard.com/biz/articles/1…
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) May 2, 2013
R.I.P Jeff Hanneman. Devastating news. It was an honour knowing you. BFMV.
— BFMV 2013 (@bfmvofficial) May 3, 2013
— BloodyDisgusting.com (@BDisgusting) May 3, 2013
R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman.Love & respect to the Slayer family.
— Death Angel (@deathangel) May 3, 2013
— Guitar World (@GuitarWorld) May 3, 2013
— Revolver Magazine (@Revolvermag) May 3, 2013
Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, 1964 – 2013. From Slash to Pantera – rock reacts to the death of a legend: kerrang.com/blog/2013/05/s…
— Kerrang! Magazine (@KerrangMagazine) May 2, 2013
Sad day in music today… RIP Jeff Hanneman
— Century Media (@centurymedia) May 2, 2013
R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman, brother in thrash.
— Testament (@testament) May 2, 2013
WOW….I’m in shock…RIP Jeff Hanneman….wow….
— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) May 2, 2013
Rest in peace Jeff Hanneman, one of the greatest musicians and songwriters in metal. You will be missed.
— Alex Webster (@AlexCannibal) May 2, 2013
Just heard the sad news about Jeff Hanneman of Slayer.My condolences to his family,the band and all his friends and fans..RIP
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) May 3, 2013
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) May 2, 2013
— Soundwave Festival (@soundwavefest) May 3, 2013
Seriously folks, this Hanneman news is seriously bumming me out. Goodnight, everybody. I fucking love Slayer. I always will.
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) May 2, 2013
JEFF HANNEMAN SLAYER (Center) Partying with members of HIRAX, Dark Angel and (EX METALLICA).Rest in Peace Brother… twitter.com/HIRAXOfficial/…
— HIRAXOfficial (@HIRAXOfficial) May 3, 2013
RIP Jeff Hanneman, a genre-defining riffmaster whose influence and legacy will be indelibly stamped upon the metal world forever..
— BLOODSTOCK (@BLOODSTOCKFEST) May 3, 2013
“Blasting our way through the boundaries of Hell, no one can stop us tonight…” First day buyer of Show No Mercy here. R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman
— Ian Christe (@ianchriste) May 3, 2013
R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman. One of the greatest metal guitar players and innovatorsof all time. And a really nice dude.
— Tommy Victor (Prong) (@prongmusic) May 2, 2013
RIP Jeff Hanneman. Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at… fb.me/2zQFuwgDv
— Pantera (@Pantera) May 2, 2013
Another heavy metal legend leaves us far too early. Rest in peace, Jeff Hanneman.
— Ensiferum (@EnsiferumMetal) May 2, 2013
Was an honour to have met you on the many Australian Tours. You Slayed! R.I.P. \m/ #jeffhanneman
— AndrewHaugRadio (@AndrewHaugRadio) May 3, 2013
In the car when I heard the news. Cranked Hell Awaits immediately after. RIP Jeff Hanneman.
— Brian Posehn (@thebrianposehn) May 3, 2013
— Dark Funeral (@DarkFuneral) May 3, 2013
Words cannot describe the devastating news about losing our metal brother Jeff Hanneman. Love you Jeff. You will never be forgotten @slayer
— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) May 3, 2013
Dedicating “Dear Brother” to Jeff Hanneman Today. Donkey Punch the Night, Jeff. RIP. Listen here: puscifer.com
— PUSCIFER (@puscifer) May 3, 2013
Tonight one less star will be shining and sadly, the stage got just a little bit darker. Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013.
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) May 3, 2013