The WeWontMissHim.com web site, which recently selected late DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott as its January 2005 "Dead Guy of the Month," has officially "suspended development" after receiving 250,000 hits in less than 24 hours and a number of complaints resulting from a January 11, 2005 article on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. A newly posted message from the web site's webmasters reads as follows:
"www.WeWontMissHim.com is taking an indefinite break. This site was not started with the intention of hurting anyone's feelings. We do not in any way condone the brutal attack last month in Ohio and recognize that our whimsical demeanor in regards to the subject is not well received.
"We were not intentionally disrespectful to the friends and family of Darrell Abbott. Every member of the group involved with the launch of this website has a sincere appreciation for his work. As we obviously make light where others only see darkness, we are utilizing this opportunity for re-evaluating our sense of humor.
"This site was intended to begin a dialogue on celebrity fascination / obsession between people from different backgrounds and points of view. The content on our website was not created out of malice or ill intent. Because we never anticipated our little website to receive any considerable traffic beyond our circle of friends, we did not feel the need to explain ourselves in great detail.
"On January 11th that changed. Traffic increased from 3,500 hits per day to about 250,000 hits in less than 24 hours because of an article on blabbermouth.net. By the end of the day, we have collectively received a handful of letters from people we feel were genuinely hurt by the content of our website, and for that we apologize.
"By the request of several personal friends of Darrell Abbott we are suspending development of the site. We would rather be friends!"