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Slayer guitarist death caused by cirrhosis

By | Published on Friday 10 May 2013

Jeff Hanneman

Slayer have cleared up confusion about the cause of the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman last week, announcing that it has been confirmed as alcohol-related cirrhosis. It had been speculated that his death was related to the flesh-eating disease necrotising fasciitis he contracted in 2011, which led to a reduced involvement with the band.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Slayer said: “We’ve just learned that the official cause of Jeff’s death was alcohol-related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent necrotising fasciitis infection that devastated his wellbeing, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life”.

Clearing up further rumours, they added: “Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record”.

The band also said that they are planning a public memorial service for Hanneman, due to take place later this month.