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  • Slayer''s Jeff Hanneman died of cirrhosis not spider bite

    In the days since the death of Slayer's Jeff Hanneman, many speculated that it was a 2011 spider bite and the related necrotizing fasciitis, but it turns out that it was actually cirrhosis of the liver.

    The revelation came in a posting on the band's official website:
    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 Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. 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 told fans that there will be a celebration of Hanneman's life later in the month, although details are still being worked out.
    Bandmates Kerry King and Tom Araya also posted their remembrances of Hanneman.
    KERRY: "I had so many great times with Jeff...in the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies...World War II movies, horror movies, we watched "Full Metal Jacket" so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue."
    TOM: "When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7. Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father's garage which was also our rehearsal space. When he got his own apartment, he had an 8-track and I would go there to record songs I'd written, not Slayer songs, other stuff I'd written. At a certain point, you still have the band but you start your own lives outside of the band, so that 24/7 falls to the side, you don't spend as much time together as you once did. I miss those early days."
    KERRY: "He was a gigantic World War II buff, his father served in that war, so when Slayer played Russia for the first time - I think it was 1998 - Jeff and I went to one of Moscow's military museums. I'll never forget him walking around that place, looking at all of the tanks, weapons and other exhibits. He was like a kid on Christmas morning. But that was Jeff's thing, he knew so much about WW II history, he could have taught it in school."
    TOM: "We were in New York recording South of Heaven. Jeff and I were at the hotel and we had to get to the studio - I think it was called Chung King, a real rundown place. So we left the hotel and decided to walk, but then it started raining. We walked maybe five blocks, and it was raining so hard, we were totally soaked, so we decided to get a cab. Here we are, two dudes with long hair and leather jackets, absolutely soaked, thumbing to the studio. No one would stop. We had to walk the entire way."
    TOM: "Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy."

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  • Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent Giving to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

    The touring trio of Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent are collectively giving money raised at each of the shows on their current tour to the victims of Boston Marathon bombing.

    Being organized under the Styx' Rock to the Rescue organization, the artists will sign a guitar at every stop of  the tour and auction it off with 75% of the proceeds going to Boston and 25% to local charities.
    The members of Styx said in a statement "Like all Americans, we have watched the events in Boston and wondered what we could do to help. We know the fans of all three bands will once again rise up with us to help our friends in Boston. We Are Boston!"
    REO members added "We feel  such sadness for those innocent people in Boston who have suffered so much and  are still suffering now. We think of those victims of senseless violence as we sign the gutar which is to be donated on their behalf each night. In our small  way, we do what we do."
    Finally, Nugent commented "The Nugent band and  family are surrounded by Americans who care deeply about each other and are  dedicated to give all we got in times of need. We again face a tragedy that we can all help with, and are proud of this charitable heart and soul effort."

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