When Jeff Hanneman of Slayer died at 49-years-0ld on May 2nd, there were gruesome stories of a flesh-eating disease that took him down, along with a spider bite, but there was also talk about liver scarring.
Members of Slayer spoke up and confirmed that Hanneman did indeed die of alcohol related issues.
“We’ve just learned that the official cause of Jeff’s death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.”
Regardless of what caused Hanneman’s death, mythical spider or not, we wish his family the best and say RIP to our bad-ass metal buddy.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles