Jeff Hanneman – R.I.P.

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Addio a Jeff Hanneman. Scomparso a 49 anni dopo una malattia che lo aveva colpito un paio d’anni fa quando era stato morso da un ragno (necrotizing fasciitis). Nel maggio 2012 era quindi arrivato il comunicato della band che confermava il peggioramento del suo stato di salute: “as you know, Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn’t know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape…”. Il chitarrista degli Slayer aveva fondato la band nel 1981 assieme a Kerry King, Dave Lombardo e Tom Araya. I compagni hanno così annunciato la triste notizia: “Jeff passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.”

Intanto il mondo di Twitter si mobilità celebrandolo così:

PUSCIFER: Dedicating “Dear Brother” to Jeff Hanneman Today. Donkey Punch the Night, Jeff. RIP.

QUESTLOVE: Guitarist Jeff Hanneman, founding member of Slayer, dies

GUNS N’ROSES: Our condolence to the entire @Slayer family #RIPJeff RT @paradisecity Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49

RHINO RECORDS: Our thoughts and condolences go out to Jeff Hanneman‘s family, friends, and fans

The MOUNTAIN GOATS: ok I can’t really believe Jeff Hanneman is dead and this is horrible. Rest easy dude whose riffs opened up new worlds for me

SASHA GREY: RIP Jeff Hanneman. Music has lost a hero

ZAKK WYLDE: RIP brother. You will be missed. SLAYER Guitarist JEFF HANNEMAN Dead At 49

ANDREW WK: Jeff Hanneman will always be a metal god. A true master, he gave energy and excitement to millions, and will continue to.

CHVRCHES: Absolutely gutted. RIP Jeff Hanneman

SLASH: Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man.

PANTERA: RIP Jeff Hanneman. Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away…

INVADA RECORDS: JEFF HANNEMAN – massive loss. some of the greatest and extreme music was created because of this man. r.i.p JH

SARGENT HOUSE: Damn, sad news my love and thoughts to Jeff Hanneman‘s friends and family and to Slayer

RECORD STORE DAY: There’s gonna be a lot of @Slayer music in the air today. RIP Jeff Hanneman, and thanks for starting a band

SICK OF IT ALL: Our friend Iann Robinson’s tribute to Jeff RIP: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer Dead at 49

The NEW YORK TIMES: Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies at 49

The GRAMMYs: We remember guitarist Jeff Hanneman of GRAMMY-winning thrash metal band

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: RIP Jeff. Respect.

The BESNARD LAKES: RIP Jeff Hanneman

PETE WENTZ: Rest in peace Jeff Hanneman. Decade of aggression is the first cd I ever bought with my own money. Sad day.

SCOTT STAPP: Jeff Hanneman. May you rest in peace and forever rock with the angels.

OVERKILL: Words cannot describe the devastating news about losing our metal brother Jeff Hanneman. Love you Jeff. You will never be forgotten

REGULAR JOHN: Jeff Hanneman. Demoed Reign in Blood alone with a 4 track & drum machine in his garage. It changed the world. RIP

DAVE MUSTAINE: Tonight one less star will be shining and sadly, the stage got just a little bit darker. Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013.

MACHINE HEAD: RIP Jeff Hanneman. One of the greatest songwriters in all of metal let alone music. Our hearts go out to his family and band mates.

ZEBRAHEAD: R.I.P…Jeff Hanneman who played guitar in one of my favorite bands ever…SLAYER….Sad News

RANCID: Our heart goes out Jeff Hanneman’s friends and family. You will be missed man.

GAWKER: Slayer guitarist and founder Jeff Hanneman is dead at 49.

HATEBREED: Rest In Peace Jeff Hanneman! A True Heavy Metal LEGEND!

CHIMAIRA: RIP Jeff Hanneman. Icon.

VIOLENT SOHO: Crank at least one Slayer song today as loud as you can. RIP Jeff Hanneman

GEEZER BUTLER: sad to hear of jeff hanneman passing. R.I.P.

TESTAMENT: R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman, brother in thrash.

DINO CAZARES: I’m extremely shocked and sad to hear about Jeff Hanneman. He was a huge influence on my playing when I was growing up.

RYAN ADAMS: RIP Jeff Hanneman Sad day for ‪#Slayer fans

DANKO JONES: R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman. This is rough news. Hanneman wrote the Slayer songs we all loved the most. Condolences to the Slayer crew.

WEDNESDAY 13: Sad day for Heavy Metal…Jeff Hanneman of Slayer R.I.P.

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Gli Slayer sul profilo Facebook scrivono riguardo le cause che hanno portato alla morte del loro compagno:

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.”

E ancora:

“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.”

“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.”