Guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza (pictured below) of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR has commented on the death of SLAYER axeman Jeff Hanneman, who passed away on Thursday (May 2) at the age of 49, from liver failure.Speaking to Metalpaths.com, Petrozza said: "I can't find the right words right now. This is the saddest day in music I have experienced so far. Jeff has influenced my playing, writing and the way I listen to music forever. Condolences to his family and to [surviving SLAYER members] Dave [Lombardo], Kerry [King] and Tom [Araya]." Hanneman stopped touring with SLAYER after contracting the rare flesh-eating disease necrotizing fasciitis — most likely from a spider bite — in early 2011. Bassist Tom Araya told The Pulse Of Radio a few months ago that Hanneman was "free of the disease" and was working on rehabilitating the affected arm. King received a huge ovation from the crowd at the Revolver Golden Gods awards show on May 2 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, where said that Hanneman would have wanted "noise" rather than a moment of silence and then drank two shots in his bandmate's honor.