Jeff Hanneman

There's no other way to say it. Jeff Hanneman, legendary guitarist, founding member of Slayer and heavy metal icon, passed away yesterday in a Southern California hospital at the age of 49. He suffered liver failure which is widely speculated to be a complication of his battle with necrotizing fasciitis which he contracted from a spider bite, though there are also reports that his death was unrelated.

Slayer released the following statement: