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.

Comments for this News article

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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Strength and honour Jeff - I hope you'll recover soon and return to the worlds greatest thrash band where you belong . I was so lucky enough to meet you in person in 87 on the RIB tour and have always held you in the greatest regard ever since ......
All the very best .
Sickrabbit

Great to hear you are feeling better. Stay with the rehab and listen to your body. Being positive by researching,writing and playing is the route for recovery. Can not wait to see you on stage in Toronto. Hail

Glad to hear your doing well physically. How you holding up emotionally?
Two weeks after Big 4 in CA, my truck exploded on top of me. I got 48% of my body burned and 40+% skin graphs. Had to learn how to walk and write and other simple motor skills. Just had my third surgery May 16. In two weeks I get to learn how to write again for the second time.
Like the guy ahead of me, I know your status. Keep doing what you love and explore the new feelings you May encounter. This will help you to move on. Sounds like you have a good group of friends/family around you. That's also healthy. Im not a phyc, but if you need an ear that knows a little about what's going on, look me up on FB "The Acosta Foundation".
Wishing you a healthy recovery all the way around.
Dan

GET WELL SOON JEFF Smiling WE ARE WITH YOU MAN Smiling WISH YOU ALL THE BEST AND HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON ON STAGE Smiling CHEEEERS !!! SLAYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR !!!

FUCKIN SLAYEEEEEER !!!

Well, in this open letter, Slayer have done their best to both reassure fans about the health of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, while confirming that Jeff has endured alot of pain and frustration during his past and ongoing rehabilitation on his arm. Slayer have done the right thing by keeping their fans well updated on Jeff's ongoing progress. It's ''big'' of Slayer to collectively thank Gary Holt for ''standing in'' for Jeff as he recovers. Proof again, that Slayer is one ''class act''!

monster

I was deeply saddened to hear of Jeff's medical problems caused by the spider bite. I didn't realize how bad. I am happy that Gary will continue to fill in. I love Slayer, you guys are the greatest. Jeff, you are a fighter, and I know you will be strong and healthy again. I love you, get better.

Get well Jeff, you've been an amazing inspiration to all of us metal heads for so many years let us inspire you now- stay strong brother! Fucking spiders!

Is there anything we can do?

Thank you guys for your letter to us the fans. All the best for Jeff and you all. It is nice to know that Jeff is recovering and willing to come back, when he will be ready. Hopefully, we have some records to listen to in the meantime,

Maybe in the US will play,It's lazy to travel around the world.
I also very much looking forward to him,Kerry and Tom have in term CZ concert birthday and it can be a good party between concerts....
Well we'll see how it will be for the month???
pangy666

I hope Jeff Hanneman's recovery is successful. Best wishes to him and hopefully I'll get to see him onstage with the rest of Slayer at Mayhem festival.

get well Jeff.. I hope you get well soon..Big Respect From AZERBAIJAN FANS!!!\m/ (sorry for my english))

from all cheyenne slayer fans we would like to say stay strong you'll shredding in no time

We hope that Jeff´s recovery be totally succesful to see him soon crushing skulls and destroying some necks. We wish u good luck from Chile!!!!

-I- I Hold Firmly My Both Thumbs It's Enough to Heal Your Celeb and Return Soon As It's Possible On Stage -I- Your Great Polish Fan From UK -I-

Jeff,
I knew you were sick, but not THAT sick ! Wow, I am glad you are alive and kicking ! Hopefully your Los Angeles Kings will keep kicking ass in your honor !!!

That's wise!
Keep on fighting, Jeff, and thanks Gary to fill in for him.
We'll stand beside you all, always!
Wicker Man (France)

I have been as Ill as Jeff. Not by a spiders bite, but that does not matter. not expected to live, in a coma for weeks, surgens prodding my blackened feet, learning to walk again- sounds all too familiar, so as you can see, I am with you Brother!

That was 10 years ago now, and I'm back in the mosh pits enjoying life more than ever.

Its a long hard road to recovery, but you can do it.

Jeff is a metal man, he's strong!!tons of hugs from Mexico!!we love you \m/

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF NOW SO YOU CAN SHRED OTHERS LATER!!!! *HORNS \m/ >.< \m/ HIGH!!*

Be <strong>strong</strong> Jeff! All the brazilian fans want to see you good again, playing your amazing guitars and crazing us!

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<ul><li><strong>Pedro Túlio!</strong></li></ul>

Stay strong, Jeff! Your return to power draws near! The thoughts and prayers of the Slayer brotherhood are with you for a full and speedy recovery.

I absolutely think Holt is one of the best guitarists around!!!!!! I've hung with Hanneman before,he's the type that will give you picks and set lists if you can get his attention when he's on stage,Jeff is a true class act!!!!!! Holt is great but,Hanneman, fuck it's Jeff Hanneman,what else is there to say about but without him there would never be SLAYER!!!!!!And I don't think I would want to see SLAYER with out him. Shit Toms injury to his neck is already shitty!!!!!!I hope nothing else happens to anyone else in the band!!!!!!But when it rains it pours and I hope SLAYER is done getting rained on and everyone stays HEALTHY!!!!!! Much love and respect to SLAYER!!!!!!

CHRIS"FELL A VICTIM"(R) Slay

Jeff take care of yourself !!! Im sure you will back even stronger than before

Greatings form Poland !!! Respect