JEFF HANNEMAN UPDATE - 5-9-13

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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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.

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Comentarios for this News article

BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF JEFF! I STILL CAN'T BELEVE THAT HE'S GONE. I REALLY WISH I COULD ATTEND TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE! I'LL MISS STANDING ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE STAGE AND BEING AMAZED BY HIS PRESENCE ON THE STAGE!!!!!!MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU CLOSE TO HIS SIDE SO YOU CAN POINT OUT ALL THE BULLSHIT HE CAN'T SEE!!!!!! TOM,KERRY AND DAVE,KEEP YOUR HEADS UP.A MOMENT LIKE THIS SHOULD NOT BE HELD WITH DISLIKE OR DISHONESTY. ENBRACE EACH OTHER, STOP ALL THE FUCKING MONEY BULLSHIT AND GET ALONG. YOU ALL KNOW JEFF IS LOOKING DOWN AND SHAKING HIS HEAD IN DISGUST!!!!!! GOD BLESS EVERYONE IN THE SLAYER FAMILY PAST AND FUTURE!!!!!!

CHRIS"FELL A VICTIM"(R) Slay

if i can make it there i will be there. i have always loved yalls music. should of seen my parents the firsttime i cranked up angel of death in my room. they really flipped their wigs. i came home from being away over the weekend and all my posters and tapes were gone. parents had watched that idiot geraldo so they went crazy and threw all my stuff out.

you will be missed jeff may you rest in peace.

Why is he gone? This is a tragedy Sad Jeff R.I.P.

SLAYER KURWA!!!! Fuckin' SLAYER!!!

thanks 4 the update the guys & i from burial ground will attend RIP MY METAL BROTHER

FUCKIN SLAYER

Slayer is in my blood....... from the way I knock on doors like i'm banging out raining bloods intro to my 8" Slayer tat on my forearm... to the Slayer S on my skull... my deepest condolences to Jeff Hannemans family friends and brothers Tom & Kerry ... Dave & Gary... I cried bad when I heard the news... Slayer has brought me through so many bad times its why I refer to it as the goodness of Slayer... I posted my babygirl on youtube listening to Slayer and doing devilhorns ... its under SLAYER BABY 1 .... devilhorns up!!! love you guys stay strong!!! ];-)>

One of the greatest guitar players to ever pick up a guitar and grace a stage. Thanks Jeff for giving us so much great music over the years. Jeff you should have gotten more recognition than you did.