Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Vinnie Paul Dead At 54

Vinnie Paul Dead At 54

Paul, along with brother "Dimebag" Darrell Abbot, formed Pantera in 1981, both being the only continuous members of the band until its dissolution in 2003.

Vinnie Paul, a drummer and one of the original members of Pantera, is dead. No further details are available at this time.

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine said, "I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away".

After the breakup of Pantera, the Abbott brothers founded heavy metal band Damageplan.

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The band was nominated for four Grammys and sold over nine million albums. Sadly, during a December 2004 concert a belligerent fan rushed the stage and shot Darrell, killing him instantly.

After the death of his brother Darrell, the group disbanded and Vinnie took an 18-month hiatus, unsure whether he would return to music after his brother's death.

Tragic news about Vinnie Paul today. Thank you for so many great memories and so many legendary songs. Loads of kids when they're growing up get a lot of pressure from their parents about getting good grades and stuff. Papa Roach describes the 54-year-old as the "nicest guy in metal" in a tweet.

Since 2006, Paul been performing on drums for the heavy metal band Hellyeah, featuring Mudvayne singer Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.

The band was reportedly working on an album when Paul passed away.

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