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.