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Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies of liver failiure at 49

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Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The music world mourns the loss of a true metal God. Slayer guitarist and co-founder Jeff Hanneman died Thursday morning of liver failure. He was just 49 years old. 

Hanneman co-founded the thrash metal band in 1981 with friend and fellow band mate Kerry King. Over the years, the band had a wide and devoted fan following that spawned recording and concert success. 

The band issued the following statement on their Facebook page:

Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)

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