Slayer - Jeff Hanneman's Cause Of Death Explained

While the metal world is still wrapping their heads around the fact that Jeff Hanneman has passed away, Slayer has revealed what caused his death.

The band released the following statement: "While the details are being worked out now, Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman's life sometime later this month, along with Jeff's family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon."

"We've just learned that the official cause of Jeff's death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving - he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record."

Tom Araya and Kerry King also released this message for their European fans: "We know that our fans everywhere are hurting for the loss of Jeff just as we are. We want to let you all know that when we come to Europe this summer in June, July and August, we'll ALL be making noise together for our brother and dear friend Jeff... We'll see you then!"

Both Tom and King remembered some good times they shared with Jeff.

Kerry: "I had so many great times with Jeff... in the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies... World War II movies, horror movies, we watched Full Metal Jacket so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue."

Tom: "When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7. Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father's garage which was also our rehearsal space. When he got his own apartment, he had an 8-track and I would go there to record songs I'd written, not Slayer songs, other stuff I'd written. At a certain point, you still have the band but you start your own lives outside of the band, so that 24/7 falls to the side, you don't spend as much time together as you once did. I miss those early days."

Kerry: "He was a gigantic World War II buff, his father served in that war, so when Slayer played Russia for the first time - I think it was 1998 - Jeff and I went to one of Moscow's military museums. I'll never forget him walking around that place, looking at all of the tanks, weapons and other exhibits. He was like a kid on Christmas morning. But that was Jeff's thing, he knew so much about WW II history, he could have taught it in school."

Tom: "We were in New York recording South Of Heaven. Jeff and I were at the hotel and we had to get to the studio - I think it was called Chung King, a real rundown place. So we left the hotel and decided to walk, but then it started raining. We walked maybe five blocks, and it was raining so hard, we were totally soaked, so we decided to get a cab. Here we are, two dudes with long hair and leather jackets, absolutely soaked, thumbing to the studio. No one would stop. We had to walk the entire way."

Tom: "Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy."

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Posted: 10.05.2013 by Bad English

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18.05.2013 - 08:16
Slayer will always be one of my top fav bands. The music really leaves you breathless and tingled inside. Jeff and King's guitar duo was one of the best in metal, like the days of Dime and Randy Rhodes it will not be forgotten. Those who don't remember this guy like we still do for Dime; are not true metal fans. Slayer was one band to break the boundaries of music; not giving a fuck was a way of life for this band. I seriously feel lost now with Jeff now gone in this band, it still is shocking, still leaves me with questions to be answered. R.I.P Jeff; you are a true hero in music industry. Much Love Brother!!!
23.05.2013 - 06:52
I bet Jeff would be pissed off if they folded the band. He'd probably roll over in his grave if he heard they laid down. Slayer isn't about to lay down They will pay homage to Jeff by recording more records that continue to dominate the metal universe. Gary Holt from Exodus has filled in for him before and if anyone can help fill the chasm Jeff left it's Holt. Holt is a workaholic and I bet he could swing both Exodus and playing for Slayer. King, Araya and Lombardo can come up with plenty of great material I'm sure and Holt can step in and play. That would be the best case. Jeff was an awesome guitarist and an all-time icon in thrash metal and metal as a whole, but Slayer isn't done yet.
04.06.2013 - 15:08
Coconut Racecar
If true legends never die, Slayer's continuation despite Hanneman's passing will be proof of their status. I look forward to hearing whatever choices they may make. And when they finally lay down their instruments, all the more footsteps to follow in .

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