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Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Passes Away

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has passed away as a result of liver failure. According to initial reports, he died as a result of liver failure at the Hemet Valley Medical center in Southern California this morning, May 02nd. He was 49 years old.

The band themselves have commented on his passing, offering:

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)”

Hanneman had been sidelined in recent years after suffering necrotizing fasciitis from what was thought to be a spider bite.


  • damn

    This really sucks. Slayer has been and will always be one of my favorite bands of all time. Since my teenage years their music has brought me countless hours of headbanging bliss and I know Jeff was responsible for a large piece of that. Without the man in the Raiders jersey exchanging solos with Kerry, there will always be a void. May he RIP.

    On a side note, is there really a more bad ass way to die? Fucking dude got bit by a spider and has been fighting for his life ever since. I bet the average metal guitarist would have caved a long time ago. Jeff Hanneman is a true metal warrior. Fucking Slayer.

    • Lifeseclipse

      First Chi, now Jeff!?! Even that fuckin Kriss Kross kid died, and Fred Durst is still walking around? This is absolute proof if you ever needed any, that God Hates Us All.


        Not to disrespect the dead but chi isn’t even in the same category as Jeff.

      • Lifeseclipse

        Chi and Steph were pretty big Slayer fans. Jeff and Chi are both in bands that influenced me as a musician. In fact, if this isn’t some fucked up shit… The neighbor kids got me into Slayer because Hell Awaits was the greatest thing I’d ever seen, and heard. Couple years later they got me into Pantera and Dime got me to switch from bass to guitars. Couple more years after that, when I was in 8th grade Deftones opened for Pantera and White Zombie at the Palace in Auburn Hills, and they changed they way I looked at music and my approach to writing. 3 pieces of the most influential acts in my life, dead. That’s fuckin bullshit right there. They are in the same category. Great Musicians.

    • Fred Fred Burger (Darkdevout)

      sorry to break it too, but it wasn’t because of the spider bite, he was on the waiting list for a new liver and he died before he could get it. I was incredibly saddened by this news, my condolences go out Kathy Hanneman and the rest of his family

  • Relentless_Beating

    Extremely sad to hear about this.

    Hanneman is probably the best thrash guitarist ever. He wrote all the best Slayer songs during their haydays.

    Hang it up King, cause it will never be the same.

    • Geor!

      Yep. Better lyrics, better solos. Dude was a beast. Now it’s the Tom and Kerry show.

  • Stereotypical Evil Archer

    The Seasons in the Abyss will be that much louder. Thrash on \m/

  • Alkeyhalikk

    Bummed, Slayer is the first band I ever liked when I was a kid. This feels like a favorite uncle just died.

  • sickboy_xl

    This is devastating. This is a terrible year for metal artists. Mike Scaccia, Chi Cheng and now this, just to name a few. I’m not comparing anyone, but I haven’t been this bummed since Dimebag. One of the most iconic metal bands of all time. Rest in peace Jeff.

    • TheMediaProphet

      They’ve got a helluva fucking band in Valhalla.

      • wearesorta138

        God-damn right they do. The dudes at least got good fucking company.

  • schuler

    God damn tragedy. RIP.

  • adamonfire
  • TheMediaProphet

    Just saw a post about this on Facebook. I came straight here hoping it was a farce. I’m not an extreme Slayer fan, but I dig ‘em and I respect ‘em.

    • skyburial

      Same here brother.

  • cma3585

    Hanneman was the heart and soul of everything that made Slayer great, including writing their greatest songs and being the superior guitar player. You could see in the decline of Slayer over the years that a big part of it was more Kerry, less Jeff. As far as I’m concerned, this band is dead no matter how far and long King tries to drag it’s corpse for the paycheck. That’s not even mentioning the fact Lombardo’s out b/c King tried to give him the screwjob. No Hanneman in Slayer is like no Iommi in Sabbath…it’s absolutely impossible. You can replace him live with some talented guy (Gary Holt in this regard) but you can’t replace the writing he brought that made Slayer Slayer.

  • D. Ron Hubbard

    I was literally just listening to Slayer last night and decided that Jeff was my favorite member, as he was responsible for some of my all-time favorite Slayer tunes. War Ensemble, Angel of Death, Raining Blood, etc.

    What a horrible coincidence. He will truly be missed. Hopefully he can start a band on the other side with Chi from the Deftones. Oh, and the guy from Kriss Kross.

  • EyeOfEveryScorn

    This death is relative to a spider bite he had a while back leaving him gravely ill at that time. The liver issues were a result of complications. I fucking hate spiders already and I can’t believe this is why Jeff is gone.

    • Relentless_Beating

      I think you may be forgetting that Hanneman was a very very heavy drinker.

      • EyeOfEveryScorn

        No doubt, but this bite from 2011 almost killed him then. I’m sure both were contributing factors.

      • Relentless_Beating

        I think the bite was a big thing, but my buddy ran into Hanneman a few months back in Vancouver, and Hanneman said the issues from the spider bite weren’t a health concern anymore, but just an issue of getting his hand and arm up to speed again.

      • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence

        Spider Bite:
        1 shot tequila (white)
        1/2 can Red Bull

      • Mikabass

        Yeah Sadly dude drank himself to death. He already was over the spider bite. he got his skin graph treatment. Those people I know say Jeff shut everyone out and just drank morning noon and night and his liver gave out. spider bites attack your nervous system and respitory systems not the liver. Liver failure is no way to go out. I’ve seen 2 family members slowly fade away from liver failure it did not look painless. and who wrote that dumb press release??? Jeff has been divorced for 2 years

  • G Scotty

    Awful news, I cant believe it! Jeff was a riff master! I will never stop jammin on some Slayer. Sad year in metal…

    • cma3585

      You can stop after 1994…but still, quite a resume of theirs.

      • EyeOfEveryScorn

        I hear you, kinda lived off reputation at that point. However the original lineup material after 94 is still pretty good. I enjoyed Christ Illusion quite a bit.

      • sickboy_xl

        I disagree. World Painted Blood is amongst one of the best albums they’ve ever released. The Reign/South/Seasons trilogy is legendary but their last album was aces!

        And I’m gonna get lambasted for this, but I loved God Hates Us All. One of my favorites.

      • EyeOfEveryScorn

        Hell Awaits never gets the love it deserved either. Another amazing sophmore album that ended up with rushed production like so many other metal releases back then.

  • scorpions

    RIP Jeff! You will be VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY missed!

  • Robot

    Thanks Mr. Hanneman for bringing punk rock into metal. RIP.

  • surroundedbydemons

    Thankfully I was lucky enough to see Slayer before Jeff became ill. I was at Mayhem and right in the pit. The funniest thing about this show is that Manson went on afterwards and most of the people left after Slayer but who can blame them? Slayer was so bad ass that you can put just about any band after them and they would be able to follow. Like a beautiful nightmare, it was purely chaotic and so much intensity throughout their set I thought my face was going to be ripped off. It’s probably my favorite time ever seeing them live. Jeff will be missed sorely. Here’s a couple shots of JD and Jäger for you brother.

    • sickboy_xl

      sidebar note: Love the Nothingface logo sir.

  • dmoe

    Heartbreaking news. He was out for a while but I had no idea it was this bad. I’ve liked every album Slayer has put out. I think they were one of the few bands to still keep that tenacity they always had intact.

    It’s terrible news for fans and for his family. He will be sorely missed. Luckily we have their massive catalog that keeps him alive forever.

  • southpawchew

    I heard this news and had to go out and get drunk as fuck while jamming slayer. Killed a bottle of wine in. The gorge and drink some brews by the falls. Slayer was at a time my favorite band and helped me get through those awkward years of my teens. Thank you Jeff shred on!

  • LunyAlex

    Fuck, man. Fuck.

    I’ll admit to not being an old fan. I discovered how fucking awesome their riffs are only about a year ago, but I respected them for their contribution to metal way before that.



  • RontaviusMartez

    RIP bro. Loved the music. Loved the headbanging. Rock on with Chi and Dime wherever u guys are! I didn’t listen to Slayer from the beginning but in my later years they have really grown on me. Proud to say I saw him jam twice in my lifetime. Reign in Blood is still one of my favorite albums to date.

  • adamonfire

    I don’t know if it is a coincidence or was planned, but South Park has the Die Hippies episodes up OnDemand where Cartman uses Raining Blood to disperse the crowd – pretty crazy considering they rotate them and usually only have about 4 episodes up at a time.


    Someone from the top 40s mainstream garbage should of died not Jeff.
    Ive listened to SLAYER since I was an infant. They are one of my favorite bands.
    It’s horrible Jeff died and it truly shows you this world is shit. Life is short .

  • The Shark™

    This just flat out sucks. Hanneman was the fucking man. Wherever he is now, he’s ripping shit up.

  • UhMilhouse

    If there’s an afterlife, Dimebag has quite the bandmate now.

  • lunaticcheezo

    The man was a true metal master, simple as that. Amazing guitar player and writer of some of the best metal songs EVER. And i mean EVER, including all kinds of metal. He will be missed.

    Oh, and yeah, the most dignified thing for Slayer to do is to call it quits. But you can’t expect dignified from Kerry King.

    • EyeOfEveryScorn

      Agreed. I tolerated a few shows with Bostaph, but they were not the same. Some bands work well with the revolving door policy, and others don’t. Slayer is definitely the later.

      ***Now, I am cool with the fact that Gary Holt from Exodus was filling in and helping out live but as a permanent replacement…no. And I love Exodus like nobodies business.

  • coolguy2424

    This dude could head bang like a motherfucker. A total guitar destroyer has been lost. See you in the next life Mr. Hanneman.


    this sucks