An open letter to Slayer fans around the world:

Slayer fans everywhere - it's time to let you know what is going on with our brother Jeff Hanneman.

As you know, Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn't know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape. It's been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he's had several painful skin grafts, he's been in rehab doing exercises to regain the strength in his arm; but best of all, he's been playing guitar. We were all excited when he joined us onstage for the encore a year ago at The Big Four show at Coachella. Since then, we've given him all the time and support he's needed to continue his rehab so he can come back to the band fully recovered and able to deliver the kind of shows we all want him to. While Jeff's been doing some writing and has been coming to rehearsal over the past several weeks, he has decided he needs to take more time to continue his rehab. While we want him back onstage with the band, all of us support his decision. So, we're very grateful that Gary Holt will continue to fill in for Jeff, and will tour with us until Jeff completes his rehab and is ready to return. How long will that be? The best and most honest answer we can give you is 'as long as it takes.' We also wanted you to know that we've been doing some writing and recording for the next Slayer album - we've tracked a few songs, and will finish the album when we're off the road later this year. Gary will join us on tour in Europe and the UK in May and June, and then we'll all see you on this Summer's Mayhem Festival.

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I am a fan of Brazil. Hear the band since 1984. I have watched shows in 1994 and 2005 here in Rio de Janeiro and I am eager to go to Rock'n Rio 2013. The latest news regarding the banda had not left me very happy. Slayer is the best thrash metal band of all time and see them with the original lineup in a big show would be a dream come true since the two opportunities I had I could not see the band complete. I wish you luck and that differences are resolved with Dave Lombardo and how anntes root for Jeff to recover in time to play here in Rio de Janeiro. A big hug to Tom and Kerry and good luck for the band Slayer!
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I sure hope he get's well soon in good health and join u guys on the road again. Furthermore respect voor his strong will to overcome this shitty situation, wish him all the luck in the world and heel veel beterschap ! Greetz Frits

This is fucked up but heard Jeff is getting better and playing a little on stage. Can we get any updates on his condition. Need you to get better man.

HEMI GODS

that is fucking terrible, first i heard of this, all the best in a speedy recovery....world painted blood is sick, still after all these years, thought gods hates us all was the pinnacle, hell thought i'd be dead by now and the world burned and i'm here and slayer has yet another killer album, and still staying true to fans, it's almost unreal..you guys kick ass..keep killing it were all still here and all slayer fans get there own pitchforks in hell....

morbid dreams of anarchy as daylight waits to die...

Keeping Jeff and Slayer in my thoughts and prayers, hope to see you guys soon.

Jeff, come back to us, we want to see you again in Poland in June 2013 when Slayer is going to have a gig in Warsaw... SLAYER!!!

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

Jeff, i hope you get well soon and you can play better than ever, Slayer cannot be SLAAYYEEERRRRRRR without you, we missed seeing you on stage so much and we need to hear your new masterpieces \m/

He will be back!!

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

Geez it would suck never to see Jeff on stage with Slayer again. Hope recovery is coming along strong.

"I think the church and the religion right now have a lot more to be worried about than Slayer." ~ KK

I hope to see him a stage the very next year, 2013 Smiling SLAYER!!!

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

jeff is our brother... lets hope we can see him on the stage soon with others and making our heads band with his awesome solos and riffs

I have faith in thee Hanneman.

Hope he gets back to health. Wow sounds aweful and thanks for the up-date.

Jeff we all hope you will be onstage back soon! No poison can kill you!

I believe that Jeff can overcome that. He will be back and will continue to play KILLER riffs as he did before. I send him my best wishes and look forward to seeing him headbang soon!

I hope he performs at Bangalore.

Jeff come back! My four year old.kid tells everyone his name is Jeff. Kerry is writing songs about getting old and friends.dying! Wtf?! People are.eating peoples.faces off! We need the real, balanced out Slayer! Help us to make sense of it all. So what if you cant play the same shit. Hire Gary and have three guitars! Who gives a shit? We need your soul and we need your songs! Get the fuck better, NOW! MY SON NEEDS TO SEE SLAYER! I FUCKING NEED SLAYER! Practice epidemic.every.day and.get the fuck BETTER!!!

I STILL CANT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED TO JEFF!!!!!! I JUST CANT WAIT TO SEE HIM ON STAGE AGAIN PLAYING AND DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST DOING KILLER SOLOS AND BEING A PERFECT SHOWMAN!!!!!! I ALWAYS STAND ON HIS SIDE OF THE STAGE, BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN GET HIS ATTENTION!!!!!! AND WHEN IVE ASKED HIM FOR A PICK HES ALWAYS GONE OUT OF HIS WAY TO GET ONE TO ME!!!!!! AND I AM ALWAYS VERY THANKFULL. THE STILL REIGNING TOUR HE MUDT HAVE THROWN HALF A DOZEN AT ME UNTIL I DID GET ONE!!!!!! THANKS AGAIN JEFF, I WILL ALWAYS HAVE THAT WONDERFULL MEMORY!!!!!! JUST GET WELL!!!!!! MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT TO SLAYER!!!!!!

CHRIS"FELL A VICTIM"(R) Slay

God hates us all -.-

Was the spider a brown recluse? I was bitten by one of them about 8 years ago. It was the most gnarly shit that ever happened to me. The bite started out as a dark purple mosquito sized bite, by day 3 it was the size of a baseball and extremely painful. Also the affected area was hard to the touch, being that the bite was on the upper inside of my right leg this was quite alarming (due to the proximity of my nutsack and pocket zombie). At the very center of the bite was a 1cm pale yellow dot. I did what anyone would do, I lanced that shit with an exacto knife. What i found was more terrifying then the pain itself. Tons of thick pus came out of my leg, as I kept cleaning it out it slowly started to change to very thick very dark blood. When I could get nothing more out I looked down and to my astonishment there was a a 3/4 inch deep hole going directly into my leg. At this point I decided "fuck it, lets go to the doctor". Long story short, the doc had some of the pus sent out on an emergency status and it came back as the previously mentioned "Brown Recluse spider". I was told that I was very lucky because of how I was bitten, on a fatty part of my inner leg. The hemotoxic and necrotic venom had entered a fat vacuole and was pretty much trapped in one localized spot. That didn't completely stop the venom, but slowed it enough that antibiotics could heal me. If this particular spiders bite enters the bloodstream unchecked you are pretty much fucked (look that shit up on the internet, you will see some of the most intense pictures out there). Anyway, the antibiotics were hard friggin' core, I had to spend a week in the hospital and was pretty much incapacitated the entire time. I was all doped up on painkillers, but it was not fun at all, actually it was the most pain I ever experienced. When the antibiotics were done they had killed all the bacteria in my system, even the good ones that let you digest milk and keep you from getting eye infections and shit. So the next round of suck was taking all this medicine to rebacterealize my system. At the end I survived but I have a 5 inch scar, from the tiny spider that could have ended my life. So I definitely feel for Jeff, get better bro, and keep rippin' it up. Gonna see the band at mayhem in Hartford this coming Sunday. Its been a full 2 years since the last time I saw Slayer live, needless to say I cant wait. Until then........sacrifice the unborn!!

Take care Jeff; we are waiting for you Smiling

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

I am so excited to see that even though he went through so much, he's still determined to get back with the guys, Get Well Jeff!

Holy crap!! Didn't read this until just now. Doidn't realize it was that bad.

Jeff, you continue your recovery, everyone wants to see you back onstage ASAP!!

Mike from Maine

I wish to Jeff all the best! And Gary: do your best, man!
(greetings from Hungary, Debrecen to all Slayer fan)

To Jeff: Recover well! In August of '10, we watches you and the band play and boy was that a rad night! It was that show that got me and my partner pregnant with our little girl. I also contracted necrotizing fasciitis in early 2011... You guys hold a special place in our hearts! Every time there's something to celebrate, your music is blasted through our apartment! We are proud to say our 15 month old girl is a slayer fan! Get well soon! The rehab is tough and the surgeries suck but you'll pull through a tougher dude than before you had necrotizing fasciitis! Our best thoughts and wishes are going out to you and your family, Jeff! Looking forward to watching you play on stage again!

To the band:

Been a complete fan since reign in blood, before that i was young and just afraid of slayer! But then came to realize you guy's were just awesome metal musicians up and beyond all and to see you guy's perform live for the first time in july 2011 at DTE in Auburn hills, Mi. with my two sons was making history for me as i introduce them to the real meaning of a great time with dad. Mt two sons will carry the passion for the engergy of Slayer to their kids as well.
listening to evil music is no worst than going to see a horror movie only way better.

I salute what you have done through out your carrers and i enstowed the same greatness and passion in my career as well.

Although it looks like i will not be able to see Jeff Hanneman (very saddened by his misfortune) at Mayhem Fest in july 2012 at DTE gary Holt kicked a serious amount of ass last year and i'm good with that. you 4 could not have picked a better fill in for Jeff.

Jeff, hurry up and get better so me and my two sons can expirience your phenomenal chemistry with Tom, Dave, and Kerry at least once before i lay to rest.

See you 4 at MAYHEM at DTE july,22 2012

Gordon Helfrich and sons

To the band:

Been a complete fan since reign in blood, before that i was young and just afraid of slayer! But then came to realize you guy's were just awesome metal musicians up and beyond all and to see you guy's perform live for the first time in july 2011 at DTE in Auburn hills, Mi. with my two sons was making history for me as i introduce them to the real meaning of a great time with dad. Mt two sons will carry the passion for the engergy of Slayer to their kids as well.
listening to evil music is no worst than going to see a horror movie only way better.

I salute what you have done through out your carrers and i enstowed the same greatness and passion in my career as well.

Although it looks like i will not be able to see Jeff Hanneman (very saddened by his misfortune) at Mayhem Fest in july 2012 at DTE gary Holt kicked a serious amount of ass last year and i'm good with that. you 4 could not have picked a better fill in for Jeff.

Jeff, hurry up and get better so me and my two sons can expirience your phenomenal chemistry with Tom, Dave, and Kerry at least once before i lay to rest.

See you 4 at MAYHEM at DTE july,22 2012

Gordon Helfrich and sons

So will gary be playing jeff's parts on the new album or will kerry do what he does and play jeff's parts thru jeffs rig and have jeff do his own leads, love exodus and gary is sick yet he aint jeff. jeff complements kerrys leads as kerry complements jeffs so to have someone else play jeffs leads it wont be the same. and can you guys come back to fuckin anchorage alaska again?

Charles

I LOVE GARY HOLT TO DEATH BUT I HOPE JEFFS RECOVERY IS SPEEDY SO WHEN THEY ARE DONE WITH THE FESTIVALS HE WILL BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO THE STUDIO!!!!!! I WISH JEFF AND THE REST OF THE BAND (THAT MEANS YOU TO GARY) GOOD HEALTH
AND CONTINUED SUCCESS!!!!!! MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT TO SLAYER!!!!!!

CHRIS"FELL A VICTIM"(R) Slay

Missed Jeff last night. Gary is awesome, but Jeff is Slayer! Plus, WHEN Jeff comes back, Gary can work on new Eodus stuff!

hope he recovers!! All the best wishes from Denmark!

Rene
http://www.reneasmussen.dk

dear jeff hey man i hope you get better soon my man...its just not the same without you bro. spiders suck i know i live around them everyday out here in the sticks of paris texas so i know how you feel somewhat. you get better and hope to see you back thrashing it dude....stay slaytanic and god bless bro......stacy

I met Jeff once, just an autograph signining amongst many other people. However he was very nice and considering he had just shredded for 2hrs straight and prpbably sweat off 20lbs or so you could say he was nicer than I would have been to a crazy drunk SLAYER fan at the time!
Was it a ’BROWN RECLUSE' spider? Sounds like it, with the rotten (rotting) flesh. YIKES!! I feel for you man, those little things are vicious!
But a 'BROWN RECLUSE' gots nothin' on the SLAYER MAN! What's up now spider!? Huh? Nothin' to say?!? I bet he drop kicked that spider! BAM!
GET WELL MAN! SO MAYBE I CAN ANNOY YOU AGAIN FOR AN AUTOGRAPH AGAIN SOMETIME
-that crazy red-headed Dallas tx slayer fan (yeah, NOW you know who I am! I'm all better now, the meds helped!)
PS-if I spelled 'BROWN RECLUSE' wrong, the critter didn't deserve a spell check anyway!!!!

Fucking Brown Recluse. That fucking spider took the shoulder muscle off of a fellow soldier while in the North Carolina woods. He had a muscle transplant from an amputee who died and was an organ donor. That spider is one nasty motherfucker. Funny thing is, that particular spider's venom is used in a variant chemical weapon that almost anyone can develop. Fucking Brutal.

I'm very happy that they say your getting better.What shitty luck being bitten.Something so small that can kick your ass so bad.Hang in there bro.The metal addicts don't have near enough fixes of that MOST KICK ASS SHIT you supply us.You are the best,man!YOU and SLAYER,FUCKING AWESOME!!!Nothing else comes close or ever will.See you at Mayhem in St.Louis (I really hope) ,EWOO

Jeff: get well soon so you can destroy the world stages again!
The mexican fans give you all our support!

Kerry and Ayesha,

It's been awhile since we left California. We've been in Texas for 2 years now. I'm out on the road doing a project on JC Penneys. I'll be away for a couple months or so. Eileen is taking care of all the animals. Sorry for putting this up here but your a little difficult to get in touch with. The numbers we had for you no longer work. Just wanted to say Hi. We think of you guys every now and then. How's Mr. Lutz? I have some pictures I took of Raider if you would like to have them. I just need a good email address. Hope this finds you well. I've noticed Kerry is touring overseas. Maybe we can meet up min Dallas sometime. We're about 90 miles from there. Sorry to hear about Jeff. May his rehab bring him back to full strength. Talk to you later...I really hope you get this..

Sam

Hope to see you soon with your band .... JEFF IN ITALY can not hold out much without you the rest ........ No. 1 .. you will be healed stronger than before
NO CHOICE... Jeff from from your fan SLATANIC WEHRMACHT

Jeff -all the slayer fans in mexico support you and want to see you onstage again, be strong bro lml,

Best wishes Jeff !
Greatings from Poland !!! SLAYER KURWA !

I've been a fan since Show No Mercy was released. Wishing Jeff a speedy recovery. Best wishes Jeff.
demh8r

Hope you heal fast Jeff!

Rock on Jeff! Everyone in USA is pulling for you. Cant wait to see another show!

hang in there Jeff...! each n evry Slayer fan has got ur back n v r waitin 4 u 2 get back onstage n kick sum fuckin ass....best wishes n get well soon. Cheers \m/

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