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RIP Jeff Hanneman

Discussion in 'Nevermore' started by Captain Beard, May 2, 2013.

  1. Captain Beard

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    May isn't getting off to a good start.
     
  2. lad

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    Yep, sucks. I'mma go listen to Seasons... now. RIP dude:(
     
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    http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=189480

    SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away at about 11 a.m. today (Thursday, May 2) near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

    Hanneman — who in January 2011 contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since — spoke to U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine in the fall of 2011 about his recovery which has seen him sit out an entire two years' worth of touring with the band.

    Hanneman was kicking back in a hot tub with a couple of beers when noticed a spider bite him on the arm.

    "Didn't even feel it," he said. "But an hour later, I knew that I was ill." On his way to the hospital, "I could see the flesh corrupting," he recalled. "The arm was real hot. I got to the emergency room, and thank god the nurse knew straight away what it was. By chance, although it's pretty rare, she had seen a case a little while before. At that point, I was an hour away from death."

    Although the spider bite itself was not serious, it had caused bacterial infection in the deeper layers of the skin and tissues of the arm.

    "Unbelievably, the doctor was a SLAYER fan," said Hanneman, "First thing he said to me was: 'First I am going to save your life. Then I am going to save your arm. Then I am going to save your career.'"

    Hanneman underwent emergency surgery to remove the dead and dying tissue. The doctor was able to save the muscles and the tendons, but the guitarist had a large open wound on his arm. He spent the next two months in hospital, having extensive skin grafts and heavy doses of antibiotics to suppress the infection.

    "I had to learn to walk again," Hanneman said: "I hadn't stood up for a month, apart from anything else. The skin grafts were very painful and all the muscles and tendons in the arm where very weak. That was OK, though. I count myself lucky that the nurse and doctor knew right away what had happened to me, because things could have been a whole lot worse."

    At the April 2011 "Big Four" concert in Indio, California, Hanneman joined SLAYER onstage for a two-song encore, but he hasn't yet been able to tour again.

    In a March 1, 2013 interview with MetalObsession.net's Nick Tevelis, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King stated about Jeff Hanneman's health status: "I don't have an update. I haven't seen Jeff in forever. He's always been a recluse, and he's even been more of a recluse since he's not going on tour with us. But our manager talks to him from time to time and sees him in L.A. just randomly. But I'm far from L.A., so I'm not in that loop. But I guess he's just getting better. It's just one of those things where he can do anything in life. He could be hanging here having a good time with us. He can probably play 'South Of Heaven', but he's not gonna be playing 'Jihad', you know what I mean?! So it's just a muscle memory kind of thing, I guess, at this point."

    Asked whether Jeff had been involved in the songwriting process for the new SLAYER album, Kerry said: "It's just all my stuff for now. But I did that just in case, 'cause I don't know what Jeff's intentions are. So I wanted to have SLAYER covered in case he doesn't come to the party. If he comes to the party, then we've got tons of songs."

    Regarding whether contingencies had been made in case Jeff doesn't make it back to SLAYER in the near future, Kerry said: "I think Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist who has been filling in for Jeff for the past couple of years] is in for the long haul. I haven't really discussed it with him. But he keeps his schedule free when he knows we're on tour. And I'm pretty sure, if Jeff all of a sudden came back in June, we would probably pay Gary for freeing up his time. I don't wanna treat somebody that's bailed us out for two years badly. But if Gary played with us forever? I'm OK with that. But if Jeff got better and said, 'Hey, man, I'm ready to play,' and he came to rehearsal and showed us he was good enough, that's his show."

    Speaking with AndrewHaug.com during this year's Soundwave festival in Australia, SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya stated about Hanneman: "Even though he's not in the picture, he's still part of the picture, It's taken him a lot longer [to recover] than he even thought. He can play and he can work out the material but… It's like everything else, depending on how you are health-wise as a person, that affects how you heal. Even though you haven't seen him live, he's still part of the band."
     
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    RIP
     
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    Fuckin' sucks. RIP Jeff
     
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    holy fuck, unexpected.





    fuck
     
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    http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/...ver-Transplant-List-When-He-Died#.UYgVybXvt8G

    Jeff Hanneman Was On Liver Transplant List When He Died

    The Gauntlet can now exclusively confirm that Jeff Hanneman knew about his liver disease. Our sources have confirmed to us that Jeff was seeking treatment and had been sober for 2 months, a condition of being on the liver transplant list. There are four stages of liver disease, and Jeff was at stage 4 two months ago. He sought treatment earlier this year and and specialists informed him he needed a new liver and he was placed on a liver transplant list. Those closest to him thought with him being sober, he'd pull through everything okay.

    Jeff knew he had a problem earlier in the year when he began getting drunk after a beer or two. This is a sign that the liver is no longer able to function and process the alcohol from the blood.

    Tragically though, on Wednesday night, his driver drove him to the hospital and he died the next morning.

    Slayer broke the news of Jeff's passing yesterday.
     
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    RIP ... he wrote the music to most of my favorite Slayer songs.
     
  10. Traxan

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    Here's a snippet from an interview with his widow, which will run in an upcoming Guitar World issue.

    eff had been visiting a friend in the L.A. area. He was in the Jacuzzi one night relaxing, and he had his arm over the side, and he felt something, like a bite or a prick. But of course he didn’t think anything of it. He came home about a week later, and he was pretty well lit when he came through the front door. He wasn’t feeling well, and he just wanted to go upstairs and go to sleep.

    Before he did he said, ‘Kath, I need to show you something, even though I really don’t want to.’ And he took off his shirt, and I just freaked out when I saw his arm. It was bright red and three times the normal size. I said, ‘Jeff, we need to go now. We need to get you to the ER.’ But all he wanted to do was go to bed and sleep, and I knew that I was trying to rationalize with a very intoxicated person. So there was nothing I could do that night. But the next morning I convinced him to let me take him in. He didn’t have a lot of strength, but I was able to get him into the car.

    When we got to the hospital in Loma Linda, they took one look at him and they immediate knew what it was, so they took him right in. Jeff told me to go home because we both knew he’d be there for hours and neither of us thought it would be a life-or-death situation.

    About three or four hours later, Jeff called me and said, ‘Kath, it’s not good. They may have to amputate. I think you need to come back here.’ When I got there, Jeff was on the stretcher waiting to go into surgery, and the doctor put it in perspective for me. He said, ‘I need you to see your husband. He may not make it.’ The doctor looked at Jeff and told him, ‘First I’m going to try to save your life. Then I’m going to try to save your arm. Then I’m going to try to save your career.’ And looking at Jeffon that stretcher and possibly saying goodbye, knowing that I may never see him again… was one of the hardest moments of my life.

    I couldn’t get Jeff to go to rehab or therapy. I think he was letting the visual of his arm get to his emotions, and it was messing with his mind. It was hard to keep him upbeat at that point.

    I think he thought he could do this on his own — that he would just to go rehearsal and play, and that that would be his rehab. But I think he started to learn, once he tried rehearsing, that he wasn’t playing up to his ability and that he wasn’t able to play guitar at the speed he was used to. And I think that really hit him hard, and he started to lose hope.
     
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    that is fucking sad.
     
  12. Traxan

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    I just got the issue. Whole thing is depressing. Hannamann was in a downward spiral for years. Plus he had crippling arthritis. Even if the spider hadn't gotten to him, the arthritis would have.

    His wife Kathy is the blonde from their original promo pic, where they all had blood dripping from their mouths onto a prone woman. She was actually a teenager at the time. And she's still beautiful, too. Strange she and Jeff never had kids despite being together for 30 years.
     
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    i dont think its strange, they probably didnt want kids. its pretty tough when daddy is gone 9 months of the year getting wasted every night on tour. with that stress and resentment being stuck at home all the time she wouldnt "still be so beautiful" and they probably wouldnt have still been together. all those dudes at 'rockstar' level have multiple marriages/kids with different mothers. kids add so many complications, especially when one parent is gone most of the time.

    just a theory, maybe they tried and couldnt, who knows.
     
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    I dunno, the other three members have kids. Jeff Kitts did the article and is a long-time metal writer. Considering the short deadline he was under, he did an admirable job, interviewing the other three members, Kathryn and Gary Holt, and he didn't pull punches. Jeff wasn't someone approachable like Dime or Loomis who liked to chat with fans. He was real standoff-ish and hard to get to know.

    In the end Jeff had so much going against him. he was depressed following his father's death in 2008, the arthritis was making it hard to play, and after the fasciatis he was so discouraged he gave up on the PT. Apparently his poor performance at the Big 4 show in Indio really discouraged him despite that huge audience reaction. In the end, the dude just gave up.
     

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