Slayer Guitarist Dies

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Slayer guitarist dies

By CNN Staff

By CNN Staff

(CNN) — Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of the heavy metal band Slayer, died Thursday of liver failure in Southern California, the band said in a statement.

He was 49.

“Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11 a.m. this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure,” the band said in a statement posted on its website and Facebook page.

Hanneman leaves behind his wife, Kathy, a sister and two brothers.

“He … will be sorely missed,” the band said.

The guitarist was with Slayer from its founding in 1981. Its breakthrough came five years later with the release of “Reign in Blood,” an album that included two songs — “Angel of Death” and “Raining Blood” — co-written by Hanneman.

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