By: Gary Graff
There's been a non-stop stream of tributes since Slayer announced the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman on Thursday (May 2) at the age of 49, from liver failure.
Hanneman had stopped during with Slayer after contracting the rare flesh-eating disease necrotizing fasciitis -- most likely from a spider bite -- in early 2011, though bandmates expressed hope for a return and said they were working on new music with him.
Bassist Tom Araya even told us Hanneman was "free of the disease" and was working on rehabilitating the affected arm.
Slayer's Kerry King showed up at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on Thursday night in Los Angeles, receiving a huge ovation from the crowd at Club Nokia as he said that Hanneman would have wanted "noise" rather than a moment of silence and then drank two shots in his bandmate's honor.
King also shared a moment with Slipknot, which lost bassist Paul Gray in 2010, when he presented the group with the Best Live Act Award.
Nearly all of those appearing at the Golden Gods made some reference to Hanneman's passing, while those tweeting tributes included Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman -- who called Hanneman "a titan of metal" -- Slash, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, Guns 'N Roses, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Anthrax's Scott Ian, P.O.D., Machine Head, System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Pantera, Hellyeah, Testament, Papa Roach and many others.
Longtime Slayer producer and label chief Rick Rubin, meanwhile, said through a spokesperson that he was "shocked" and "very sad."
Hanneman is survived by Kathy, his wife of 16 years, a sister Kathy and two brothers, Michael and Larry. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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