Music stars react to death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman

Jeff Hanneman, 1964 - 2013
Jeff Hanneman, 1964 - 2013 (Image credit: Henry Ruggeri/Corbis)

As news broke of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman's death yesterday (2 May), music stars, particularly those in the hard rock and metal community, took to the Internet to express their grief and pay tribute to the pioneering thrash musician.

Here are some of the reactions via Facebook and Twitter:

SLASH: Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man.

ZAKK WYLDE: RIP brother. You will be missed.

METALLICA: R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman

DAVE LOMBARDO: I'm deeply saddened shocked and speechless. It's difficult for me to write my feelings at this moment. My heart goes out to #KathyHanneman.

GUNS N' ROSES: Our condolence to the entire ‪@Slayer family ‪#RIPJeff

PETE WENTZ: Rest in peace Jeff Hanneman. Decade of aggression is the first cd I ever bought with my own money. Sad day.

GEEZER BUTLER: sad to hear of jeff hanneman passing. R.I.P.

DAVE MUSTAINE: We send our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and fans of Jeff Hanneman. Our hearts go out to his brothers in Slayer. Tonight one less star will be shining and sadly, the stage got just a little bit darker. Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013.

MACHINE HEAD: RIP Jeff Hanneman. One of the greatest songwriters in all of metal let alone music. Our hearts go out to his family and band mates.

NIKKI SIXX: Just heard the sad news about Jeff Hanneman of Slayer. My condolences to his family,the band and all his friends and fans..RIP

DEATH ANGEL: R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman. Love & respect to the Slayer family.

DAVID ELLEFSON: My condolences to Slayer and Jeff Hanneman's family today.

RANCID: Our heart goes out Jeff Hanneman's friends and family. You will be missed man.

ALEX SKOLNICK: Sad news. RIP JH. He'll be remembered at #GoldenGods

TESTAMENT: R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman, brother in thrash.

GUS G.: Gutted to read the news. RIP Jeff Hanneman :( the music world has lost yet another one of the greats

ROBERT CAGGIANO: Wow... I just heard some really sad news . R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman

MIKE PORTNOY: WOW....I'm in shock...RIP Jeff

IN FLAMES: We are so devasted to hear about the passing of Jeff Hanneman. One of the greatest have passed on and please,...

DUFF McKAGAN: Jeff Hanneman of @Slayer RIP. Wow. I'm so very soory for your loss Hanneman family.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.