I don’t normally go in for this whole hand-wringing thing when some celebrity or musician dies, but the passing of Jeff Hanneman is very sad. Slayer scared the shit out of me the first time I heard them, and part of that was down to the searing guitar solos of Hanneman and King. Today looks like being a Slayer day.
Here’s Slayer’s 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)