Thrash metal guitarist with Slayer dies
American thrash metal guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a member of the seminal heavy metal band Slayer, has died aged 49 from liver failure in Southern California.
Hanneman, pictured, had spent most of 2011 battling a flesh-eating disease contracted after he was bitten by a spider.
His death yesterday morning was confirmed in a statement on the band's Facebook page: "Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11am this morning near his Southern California home."
"Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure." Hanneman founded Slayer with fellow guitarist Kerry King in the early 1980s. The group was among the "big four" thrash metal groups of the era alongside Megadeth, Metallica and Anthrax.