Video: IMMOLATION Pays Tribute To Fallen SLAYER Guitarist

Bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan of veteran New York death metallers IMMOLATION has paid tribute to SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away on Thursday (May 2) from liver failure at the age of 49.

While introducing the new song "All That Awaits Us" during IMMOLATION's May 4 performance at the Neurotic Deathfest at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands (see video below), Dolan said: "I'd like to make a quick mention of the passing of a fucking true metal legend, man — Jeff Hanneman at 49, man. What a fucking sad loss for this scene. Probably, I think every one of you in here is a fucking die-hard SLAYER fanatic, like all of us. SLAYER is a band we grew up listening to. I remember seeing them in 1985 on the 'Hell Awaits' tour and throughout the years, man, and every time I'd seen those motherfuckers, they fucking laid waste and tore the fucking house down, man. So I'd like to mention now the passing of a true legend — Jeff Hanneman, man. You guys remember that fucker, always."

Hanneman had actually not been playing with SLAYER for more than two years since he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite in his backyard in January 2011. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman's arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points.

Hanneman's last appearance with SLAYER was in April 2011, when he played an encore with the band at the "Big Four" concert in Indio, California.

It is not clear whether the cause of his death was linked to his struggle with the flesh-eating infection.

Hanneman recalled in a 2011 interview with Classic Rock magazine that he initially didn't even feel the spider bite, adding, "But an hour later, I knew that I was ill. I could see the flesh corrupting. The arm was real hot. I got to the emergency room, and thank god the nurse knew straight away what it was . . . At that point, I was an hour away from death."


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