Jeff Hanneman, Slayer’s guitarist and one of the original founding members has passed away from liver failure earlier today. He was 49.
According to a statement issued by the band:
“Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. He was 49. 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.”
Hanneman wrote the music for many of Slayer’s fan favorites, and often times contributed lyrics. In 2011, he contracted necrotic fasciitis that the band says likely came from a spider bite, and was replaced by Exodus’ Gary Holt for tour dates while he recovered from his condition.