Jeff Hanneman, the guitarist for iconic trash metal band Slayer, passed away from liver failure on Thursday (May 2). The musician was 49.
The band shared the news of Hanneman’s passing on their website and Facebook page. Hanneman founded Slayer with fellow guitarist Kerry King in 1981. Together, they created a sound that was born of heavy metal and punk. They are known for such classics as “Raining Blood” and “Angel of Death”
The band’s full statement reads: “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.”
In 2011, Hanneman contracted a flesh-eating disease after suffering from a spider bite, forcing him to take time away from the band to recover. At press time, it’s unclear whether this contributed to his death in any way.