Vinnie Paul, the legendary drummer for the groove-metal band, Pantera, passed away at the age of 54-years-old. On the 23rd of June, the band announced Vinnie Paul Abbott had died.
In their statement, they said that Paul was best known for being in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah, but they have no additional information at this time, and their family is asking for privacy.
Shock-rocker, Alice Cooper, extended his condolences after learning of Paul’s passing and said he was “terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie’s” death.
Guitarist for Guns N Roses, Slash, also tweeted out a tribute to the drummer, saying that it was tragic to hear he had died. “He was one of the greatest people I knew.”
And Bret Michaels, the singer for 80’s hair-metal band, Poison, said: “you will be missed!” Vincent Paul Abbott came from a musical family in Texas.
Tragically, Dimebag Darrell, his brother, died in 2004 after a gunman shot him on stage to death, one of the saddest losses in the rock community since the death of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana in 1994 and John Lennon from The Beatles in 1980.
Vinnie Paul and Dimebag were in several bands together, including Damageplan, a group they formed after Pantera dissolved in the early 2000’s due to the tension within the band.
Vinnie Paul, Dimebag Darrell, and Phil Anselmo, frequently fought over Phil’s heroin addiction which was increasingly getting worse. Vinnie’s father, Jerry Abbot, was a musical man as well, as he was a country music songwriter and producer.
According to a report from Blabbermouth, Hellyeah was supposed to record their sixth album together. It’s been a sad year for fans of metal and rock music, as the community has lost several prominent musicians and artists, including Chris Cornell from Soundgarden, and Chester Bennington from Linkin Park.