Shocking news that Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman has passed away today at around 11am in a hospital located in California The cause of death so far looks like liver failure. He will be greatly missed by all family, friends, and fans alike. He is survived by his wife Kathy, Brothers Michael and Larry, and sister Kathy. Please leave comments of any memories you have experienced while watching Jeff perform live, how slayers music has influenced you in any way, and just anything to pay tribute to his legacy. Stay tuned for updates on this story and also how you can help out the family and band in their time of need. Much love and condolences go out to the family of Jeff Hanneman, friends and all.
Hanneman was born January 31, 1964 in Oakland, California and grew up in Long Beach, California. He died in May 2 of 2013 because of a liver failure. He died at 11 a.m. in a family containing several war veterans: his father fought in Normandy during World War II and his brothers in Vietnam, making warfare a common conversation topic at the dinner table. War films were popular on TV at the time, and Hanneman often joined his brothers in constructing and coloring tank and plane models. His interest in warfare and military history is attributed to his upbringing. Hanneman approached Kerry King in 1981, when King was auditioning for a band. After the try-out session, the two guitarists started talking and playing Iron Maiden and Judas Priest songs. Slayer was born when Hanneman asked “Why don’t we start our own band?”, to which King replied “…Fuck yeah!”.
Here’s an interview Jeff did a year ago.