Guitarist was only 49.
By Blurt Staff
Metal fans are in mourning today following the news of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s tragic death yesterday (May 2). According to media reports, Hanneman had been afflicted by necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, although the cause of death was listed as liver failure. He’d been bitten by a spider in 2011 which was presumed to be source of the flesh disease, and he almost lost his arm in the process. At that point he was forced to leave the band to deal with his medical condition.
Hanneman was a cofounder of Slayer in 1982 and the band went on to become one of the world’s biggest death metal bands, famously working with producer Rick Rubin for some of their classic albums. Hanneman also wrote many of the band’s most popular songs.