Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died from alcohol-related cirrhosis
The unexpected death of 49-year-old Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of thrash metal outfit Slayer, earlier this month was caused by alcohol-related cirrhosis.
The Oakland native, who died near his Southern California home last Thursday (5/2), was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing or any time prior, according to a statement posted at Slayer's website.
Rumors circulated that the death might be related to a 2011 spider bite that led to Hanneman contracting necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating skin disorder. That injury forced the guitarist to withdraw from touring that year, and Slayer tapped Exodus guitarist Gary Holt to fill in.
A celebration of Hanneman's life is currently being planned and is scheduled to take place sometime this month, according to the Slayer site. More details will be unveiled there in the coming days.