Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman - 1964-2013

Jeff Hanneman, (pictured, second left) guitarist and founding member of legendary American metal outift Slayer, has died of liver failure. He was 49.

Hanneman's band members released the news on the Slayer Facebook page, writing, "Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning (Thursday) near his Southern California home."

Hanneman had stopped touring in 2011 after contracting with necrotizing fasciitis, a skin infection he reportedly contracted after suffering a spider bite. He would occasionally make appearances with Slayer but a series of surgeries and skin grafts sidelined him most of the time.

Hanneman had formed Slayer in Huntington Park, California, in 1981 with fellow guitarist Kerry King when they were still teenagers. Slayer rose to mainstream fame with their 1986 release Reign in Blood.

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