INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SLAYER guitarist JEFF HANNEMAN died yesterday (Thursday May 2nd) of liver failure. He was 49. A rep for Slayer said the band "is devastated," and that Jeff, quote, "will be sorely missed."
As of late last night, none of the band members had commented beyond that.
Just over two years ago, Jeff suffered a nasty spider bite that gave him a flesh-eating disease called necrotizing fasciitis. It's a rare infection, where a bacterial virus attacks skin, fat and body tissue. He hasn't toured with the band since.
It's unclear if that contributed to his liver failure in some way.
Last year, singer TOM ARAYA said Jeff was "free of the disease" . . . and was, quote, "working on strengthening his arm and his ability to play." But in February, guitarist KERRY KING said they didn't know when he might be able to come back.