Singer Angela Gossow (pictured below) of Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY has commented on the death of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away on Thursday (May 2) at the age of 49, from liver failure.
She wrote on Facebook: “Listening to SLAYER.
“Sad about the loss of Jeff Hanneman.
“Very happy we got to tour with SLAYER. I watched them every night and I was blown away every single time.
“Thank you for the music, Jeff. You will never be forgotten.”
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.
SLAYER guitarist Kerry 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.