NewsMay 2, 2013 9:15 PM ET10,462 views

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has passed away as a result of liver failure at the age of 49. Indications are that Hanneman passed away this morning at a Southern California hospital. The band has issued the following 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)"
As you're likely aware, Hanneman has been sidelined since being bitten by a spider in early-2011. UPDATE: According to the Washington Post, Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said "it's believed the spider bite contributed to the failure of Hanneman's liver, but it is unclear whether an autopsy will be scheduled." The Post also states that Hanneman had recently begun writing new material with the band.


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first 5/2/2013 6:19:27 PM


bees 5/2/2013 6:20:31 PM

This fcking sucks, RIP.

anonymous 5/2/2013 6:20:57 PM


anonymous 5/2/2013 6:21:20 PM


anonymous 5/2/2013 6:22:21 PM

Hopefully they will call it quits now. Hanneman was Slayer.

anonymous 5/2/2013 6:28:15 PM

liver failure... :( ... keep the party going in heaven bro. SLAYYERRRRRRRRRR...

zdrum666 5/2/2013 6:29:08 PM

Great American. Thanks for all the amazing songs.

anonymous 5/2/2013 6:30:18 PM

RIP Jeff. Never was a huge Slayer fan but it's awful to lose a pioneer in anything. Can't wait to see what tribute album arises. Prayers.

MeatDelivery 5/2/2013 6:32:19 PM

Legendary bad ass

anonymous 5/2/2013 6:35:48 PM

Little late on this news ya fcks. What happened? Did Eric Rushing sign another shit band and pay you to write about it first? get with it

anonymous 5/2/2013 6:36:11 PM


sadball 5/2/2013 6:36:56 PM


anonymous 5/2/2013 6:39:44 PM

pretty slow to the draw on this one lambgoat...

LEX_LUGER 5/2/2013 6:44:43 PM

Damn dude I grew up listening to Slayer.

anonymous 5/2/2013 6:47:44 PM

will the funeral be in Australia? this way Dave will not be allowed to attend.

anonymous 5/2/2013 6:48:00 PM

R.I.P. Jeff, a true legend in the metal community and an inspiration to so many artists today.

anonymous 5/2/2013 7:06:19 PM

Liverflip But seriously, RIP.

anonymous 5/2/2013 7:06:35 PM

Venomous spiders are stoked.

anonymous 5/2/2013 7:21:08 PM

Satan and everyone in hell are stoked

anonymous 5/2/2013 7:23:57 PM

Liver flip

willy_wanker 5/2/2013 7:26:09 PM

yeah lambgoat, youre slacking in your news reporting. i knew about this last week

Mitt__Romney 5/2/2013 7:46:23 PM

Not hardcore enough.

ed_money 5/2/2013 7:54:22 PM

Rip. Terrible news.

iwilladapt 5/2/2013 8:26:37 PM


gorillatriscuits 5/2/2013 8:31:10 PM

This is horrible news. Just did a couple of shots with my brother listening to disciple. Hes shreddin in hell with the big man, rip jeff.

anonymous 5/2/2013 8:41:21 PM

met this dude at the metro in chicago 1998. met him before the show backstage and asked him for a radio station ID for my radio show. he kinda tooled me b/c I was young and stupid and he asked me to find him after the show. he took care of it after the concert and was cool as fck. RIP. sad day. slayer/clutch/system of a down was a killer show. at the metro of all places

anonymous 5/2/2013 9:22:12 PM

wow u lambgoat idiots can crack jokes at anything, wait till its your mom or dad or wife, jerks

anonymous 5/2/2013 9:23:25 PM

RIP Too much booze? RIP

anonymous 5/2/2013 9:48:17 PM

Still in shock here. fckin sad news, man. I hope they break-up out of respect. Hanneman wrote 90% of their material-RIP

genghisjohn 5/2/2013 9:49:14 PM

The teenager in me is mourning R.I.P.

anonymous 5/2/2013 10:07:54 PM


anonymous 5/2/2013 10:13:43 PM

s fannnnnnnn dannnnnnnggggggg GO

truthstar 5/2/2013 10:22:54 PM

fcking sad day

anonymous 5/2/2013 10:26:55 PM

It would be poor taste if Slayer were to continue. They need to hang it up. This is it. RIP Jeff Hanneman.

anonymous 5/2/2013 10:35:06 PM

Kerry King will continue to milk this bullshit cash machine. This band was never good. fck Jeff Handjobman.

SMDEMS313 5/2/2013 10:52:09 PM

^Lambgoat needs to stop letting 5 year olds on here.

PainINtheTIGHTpants 5/2/2013 10:59:47 PM

I embrace the darkness within Forever serve beneath it's hand Horrid thoughts that surface in me Ceremony bloods command I will live through this forever I have done the things you grieve As you kneel before it's? evil Death is here deep inside you R.I.P (thank you Jeff, all these years)

anonymous 5/2/2013 11:34:58 PM

RIP. Sad sad news. Seen slayers a couple times, it's been years, really wanna see them again. Greatest Thrash Metal band EVER!!! GOAT!!!

anonymous 5/2/2013 11:37:38 PM

who ?

anonymous 5/3/2013 12:46:51 AM

Jeff would not want Slayer to break up after his death, he'd want to keep the music coming. RIP. also to all the jerks cracking jokes, karma is a bitch..when it's someone close to you has something happen to them, remember it was most likely because you were a fcking douche bag.

anonymous 5/3/2013 12:59:20 AM

"Lambgoat needs to stop letting 5 year olds on here." Agreed. Forgetting what heavy music came from and jacking your dick off with neck, face, finger tattoos ,slaving at the mall for your taco bell, drugs, booze and gas whilst ALSO thinking your some kind of Elitist god machine sent by aliens from saturn to play drop X suspended break cheps. CHEP CHEP JUG JUG JUG JOWWWWWWWWW DJENT DJANT DJENT BOWWWWWW BLEP BLEP. :) gfys

RickRock 5/3/2013 1:20:26 AM


kevin_sorbo 5/3/2013 1:55:39 AM

the fcking best!!!! RIP riff master.

anonymous 5/3/2013 2:50:40 AM

Any Lambgaygay who cracks their little passive-aggressive 'jokes' at the passing of this legend deserves any shit that comes their way. Half the bands you listen to got their riffs from him, and play them x1000 times more weak. RIP Jeff.

bastardmaker 5/3/2013 3:37:19 AM

you gays that bitch about people being retarded about this shit on here, are just as gayy as the people being retarded about this shit on here.

anonymous 5/3/2013 4:07:59 AM

Super shitty. Killer riffer and pioneer. Hanneman WAS Slayer.

anonymous 5/3/2013 5:05:13 AM

Newsflash to all the dumbshits wringing their hands and crying about jokes: Everybody dies. We're all going to die. Jokes about death are no more offensive than jokes about farting. Lighten the fck up, speaking of your own loved ones dying, judging by your attitudes when that happens you'll be reduced to sniveling little children your dead mommy would be embarrassed of. That said, RIP.

anonymous 5/3/2013 6:09:27 AM

^ stainless steel exo-skeletan, no shit everyone dies, you'll be a little less hardass about when you sit in an ICU unit watching someone slowly die or struggle to stay alive for weeks on end. All the arm sleeves in the world wont make up for it.

anonymous 5/3/2013 6:15:34 AM

RIP Jeff - thank you for inspiring every metal and hardcore band. Motherfck a spider

Jon 5/3/2013 6:15:36 AM

RIP jeff.

anonymous 5/3/2013 6:34:02 AM

Survived by his wife kathy, his sister kathy, his brothers kathy and kathy. He adored his cat, kathy.

anonymous 5/3/2013 6:34:40 AM

judging by his vocals i assume he is the bad cop

anonymous 5/3/2013 6:42:27 AM

RIP to the best guitarist in metal and rot in hell to the most shittiest guitarist dickbag darrell

anonymous 5/3/2013 6:52:53 AM


anonymous 5/3/2013 7:02:23 AM

^^^^ I in fact have watched several "loved ones" die and I wasn't a narcissistic pssy breast-beating about it in public and they wouldn't have wanted me to be. However fckers at the funerals who weren't anywhere near as close as I was to them were wailing and making a scene and distracting everyone from the actual dead person. Methinks this is the category you fall into. Suck it up and celebrate their life. You aren't respecting anyone's memory by being a crying self-involved gay.

anonymous 5/3/2013 8:58:11 AM

The man has a guitar endorsed by Heineken, almost every picture I've ever seen of him offstage is of him holding a beer. And they're investigating if his skin disease contributed to his death. It's liver failure, investigation fcking over. Seriously.

anonymous 5/3/2013 9:00:20 AM

if this same story was about some random dude playing music in another band the majority of you would say "liver flip." or something equally insensitive. shit heads.

anonymous 5/3/2013 9:56:17 AM

^^^ No shit. IT'S SLAYERRRRR!!!

anonymous 5/3/2013 10:03:54 AM

I hope hanneman and dimebag start a band on the other side.

anonymous 5/3/2013 10:12:48 AM


anonymous 5/3/2013 10:35:28 AM

Rip. Welcome to south of heaven

anonymous 5/3/2013 10:41:45 AM

fck Spiders

anonymous 5/3/2013 12:09:53 PM


anonymous 5/3/2013 5:16:55 PM

LMAO at anyone who would talk shit about Jeff Hanneman. Seriously? He's the reason all the garbage cookie cutter shit bands you like exist. Get fcking educated.

anonymous 5/3/2013 6:17:36 PM

sagea said "lmao"

anonymous 5/3/2013 6:25:38 PM

gay. Liverflip.

anonymous 5/3/2013 7:23:50 PM

LMAO at anyone who would talk shit about Jeff Hanneman. Seriously? He's the reason all the garbage cookie cutter shit bands you like exist. Get fcking educated. fck JEFF HE WASN'T SHIT KERRY KING IS THE MAN

anonymous 5/3/2013 7:43:57 PM

^ Kerry King c*nt is a pssy. Dudes been struggling to write a decent song since 1998. Tribal tattoo afficianado's like Kerry, and so do kids who idolize corporations and brands. Yay for corporate metal and yay for awesome metal legal teams, gaye.

anonymous 5/3/2013 8:22:22 PM

^ Truth. Kerry King became the only reason to dislike Slayer. As soon as the became viable, it's all he cared about. Sell-out prick. I guarantee they'll hold auditions for a new guitarist sponsored by Heinekin. Pitiful. R.I.P. Jeff.

darkRapunzel 5/4/2013 12:56:19 AM

It's sad when any musician dies. It's even sadder when idiots with too much time on their hands write hateful, immature posts. Go and find something useful to do and think about what a sad prick/bitch you are to write it in the first place. Your life lacks something. RIP Jeff. Slayer can quit or continue - their choice.

anonymous 5/4/2013 8:02:01 AM


anonymous 5/4/2013 8:08:27 PM

^ triple fcking tough-guy. Lock your deadbolts.

anonymous 5/4/2013 10:44:15 PM

Sad. Ive loved slayer since i was a kid. First cd i bought with my own money was "Hell Awaits" but i did chuckle a tad at the FAAAAAAAANDAAAAAAANGOOOOOO S R.I.P. JEFF

anonymous 5/6/2013 9:13:44 AM


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