Slayer have confirmed that Jeff Hanneman's death was alcohol related.
Slayer are an almost primeval force. Helping to push thrash metal further, faster, harder than it had ever gone before they were buoyed by the face melting musicianship of Jeff Hanneman.
Sadly, the guitarist passed away last week. Shocked, Slayer have been struggling to deal with the loss which many presumed was due to Hanneman's ongoing health difficulties.
Now the band have released a further statement, confirming that Jeff Hanneman's death in fact related to alcohol difficulties. Penning a note on Facebook, the band wrote:
"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."
In addition to this, Kerry King and Tom Araya have compiled a few memories of their time with Jeff Hanneman. An emotional read, perhaps the most concise tribute belongs to Tom Araya: "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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