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Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dies aged 54

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Vinnie Paul (from Pantera) of American heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah opens the concert of American nu metal band Korn on March 12Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Vinnie Paul noticed his brother and bandmate assassinated on stage

Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of the metallic band Pantera, has died aged 54, the band introduced on Facebook.

“Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away,” a assertion stated.

There was no explanation for demise given.

Paul began Pantera in 1981 together with his brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott – the pair have been sons to the country-western producer Jerry Abbott. The band had a primary album in 1994 and earned 4 Grammy nominations, however disbanded in 2003 amid rumours of a rift.

Paul stated on the time the breakup was a results of the band’s singer, Phil Anselmo, wanting to maneuver on.

In 2004 the 2 brothers fashioned a new band, Damageplan, however later that 12 months a 25-year-old man stormed the stage at a gig in Columbus, Ohio, capturing useless Abbott and three others.

In 2006, Paul joined Hellyeah, alongside the previous Mudvayne singer Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.

Fellow metallic and rock stars paid tribute to the drummer.

“Another metal hero taken too soon,” stated Dave Mustaine, the founder and lead singer of Megadeth.

“Heaven has Dimebag and Vinnie now,” wrote the Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker.

“Loved when Pantera did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows,” wrote Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley.

“Gutted to hear about the nicest guy in metal passing,” wrote the band Papa Roach.

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