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Jeff Hanneman's Cause Of Death Revealed As Alcohol Related Cirrhosis

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While it was previously assumed that Jeff Hanneman's death last week was due to complications from his bout of necrotizing fasciitis in 2011, Slayer has now announced his passing was caused by cirrhosis of the liver. The band comments:

"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.

"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.

"Kerry King and Tom Araya are trying to deal with the loss of their brother by remembering some the good times they shared."

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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1. nekro vomit writes:

R.I.P. Jeff

# May 10, 2013 @ 1:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. NW_MetalHead writes:

Riff In Peace

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3. WOLF7 writes:

Looks like a gentleman by the name of Dave Lombardo has been erased from the "official" universe of Slayer.

Disappointing.

# May 10, 2013 @ 2:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Fear_Of_Napalm writes:

^ Dave who??? Very disappointing that. I hope they can sort everything out for the sake of Jeff's legacy

# May 10, 2013 @ 6:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BrianMN writes:

My thoughts are with Jeff and have been since I first heard.
It doesn’t matter to me how he died what really matters is…
Hell Awaits
Angel of Death
Raining Blood
South of Heaven
Mandatory Suicide
The guy gave us some of the best riffs and songs ever.
And he had awesome hair.
So there.

# May 10, 2013 @ 9:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. mike godfried writes:

Usually when you hear liver failure it means of alcohol, and that is what i intially thought when the story broke.
Regardless he is gone, it is just a reminder to everyone especially after you turn 40, you got to take care of yourself more than ever, if you dont you will not be around to long.
Rip jeff

# May 10, 2013 @ 10:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. spiral_architect writes:

R.I.P. JEFF.

# May 10, 2013 @ 11:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. silvermountains writes:

rest in peace jeff.

# May 10, 2013 @ 10:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Harvey Sanchez writes:

To your family u were our family in music.
RIP

# May 11, 2013 @ 7:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. ZMA writes:

RIP Jeff.

Yet another tally on the scoreboard for alcohol, which proves it's destructive nature, time, time, and time again. I'll never in my life comprehend why things like that, and cigarettes are legal. It's like, if something doesn't kill you, or do serious noticeable damage to you within the first 5 minutes, we put past the long term damage we all know it'll cause in the end. We've lost way to many beautiful people to some sh!tty tasting drink, that I could also use to sterilize wounds in some cases. That doesn't even sound appealing.
I mean absolutely no disrespect towards Jeff with any of this. He was a beautiful person, who did more in his 49 years than most people do in double that time, and he didn't deserve the way in which he left this world.
I'm just making a general statement about alcohol, and how much it pains me to watch it destroy lives on a daily basis.

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