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Polish roundabout renamed in Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s memory

By | Published on Monday 10 February 2014

Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit

A roundabout in the Polish city of Jaworzno has been renamed ‘Jeff Hanneman’s Circle Pit’, in memory of the late Slayer guitarist, reports NaszeMiasto. The opportunity to name the roundabout is sold at a charity auction each Christmas, with locals Joanna and Krzysztof Czuszek this year paying 15,800 złoty (just over £3000) for the honour.

As previously reported, Hanneman died from alcohol-related cirrhosis in May last year. This followed a long period of illness from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh eating disease contracted from a spider bite, which meant he rarely played with Slayer in the final few years of his life.

As well as the new name for the roundabout, a sign on the traffic island informs passers by that “Hanneman is a metal icon and a source of inspiration for hundreds of bands all over the world” and that when he died “the music world lost one of the most innovative and creative artists”.

Watch a local news report covering the unveiling of the sign here: