By Laura Hertzfeld
Updated May 02, 2013 at 11:22 PM EDT
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Jeff Hanneman, guitarist for legendary thrash metal band Slayer, has died of liver failure. He was 49. The band posted the news on their website and Facebook page Thursday. Hanneman founded the band with fellow guitarist Kerry King in 1981 and created a sound influenced by heavy metal and punk, writing Slayer classics like “Raining Blood” and “Angel of Death.”

The full statement on Slayer’s website reads:

In 2011, Hanneman suffered a spider bite and contracted a flesh-eating disease, taking time off from the band to recuperate, but it is unclear if this contributed to his death.

Fans and fellow musicians, including Anthrax, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Lamb of God, and Papa Roach, tweeted their condolences.


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