May 3, 2013  |  Music

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Legendary metal guitar god Jeff Hanneman of the bloodthirsty supergroup Slayer died on Thursday, May 2nd of Liver failure in LA at age 49. Supertouch buddy Todd James (aka: REAS) paid tribute to the fallen ripper today with this fitting artistic tribute.

From Rolling Stone:
Hanneman had been on hiatus from Slayer since early 2011, when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that doctors believed might have been caused by a spider bite. Hanneman almost lost his arm, and was briefly placed in a medically-induced coma. After a series of skin grafts, he had been working on his physical rehabilitation, including playing guitar; the door had been left open for his return to Slayer upon recovery.

Hanneman performed on every Slayer release to date, and wrote many of the band's career-defining songs, including "Angel of Death," "South of Heaven," "Raining Blood" and "War Ensemble." Hanneman and Kerry King perfected a fiery twin-lead guitar style that propelled Slayer to the forefront of the thrash metal movement of the early 1980s, where they were crowned as one of the genre's "Big Four," along with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Read more here

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