Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dead at 49
Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of thrash metal outfit Slayer, died Thursday (5/2) of liver failure.
The 49-year-old Oakland native died near his Southern California home, according to a statement posted at the band's website and Facebook page.
In 2011, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating skin disorder, presumably from a spider bite. The injury forced the guitarist to withdraw from touring that year, and Slayer tapped Exodus guitarist Gary Holt to fill in.
Slayer does have a European summer run lined up, beginning with a June 4 appearance at Impact Festival in Warsaw, Poland, and pushing through late August.
4 - Warsaw, Poland - Impact Festival
6 - Enschede, Netherlands - Muziekcentrum Enschede
7 - Kerkrade, Netherlands - Rodahal
8, 9 - Amneville, France - Sonisphere Festival
13, 14 - Interlaken, Switzerland - Greenfield Festival
15 - Padova, Italy - Gran Teatro Geox
17 - Rome, Italy - Atlantico
18 - Florence, Italy - Obihall
19 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
21 - St. Goarshausen, Germany - Metalfest Open Air Germany
22 - Graz, Austria - See Rock Festival
23 - Zagreb, Croatia - Tvorica
25 - Belgrade, Serbia - Kombank Arena
26 - Tokaj, Hungary - Hegyalija Festival
27 - Roitzschjora, Germany - With Full Force Festival
1 - Athens, Greece - Plateia Nerou
2 - Viveiro, Spain - Resurrection Fest
7 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tivoli
9 - Oulu, Finland - Jalometalli Festival
10 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
11 - Derby, United Kingdom - Bloodstock Festival
15 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
16 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise
17 - Hamburg, Germany - Elb-Riot Open Air Festival
18 - Herford, Germany - X Rockfest
22 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Rock In Rio