Slash And David Mustaine Lead Tributes To Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman

Several guitarists have paid tribute to the late Jeff Hanneman, founding member of Slayer and heavy metal guitar hero. Hanneman died of liver failure last week at the age of 49.

Slash hit Twitter, clearly surprised and upset by the news: "Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for metal. RIP man."

Dave Mustaine, guitarist for Megadeth, also added his condolences in a statement: "Tonight one less star will be shining and sadly, the stage got just a little bit darker. Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013."

"RIP brother. You will be missed," wrote Zakk Wylde, while Ryan Adams noted that it was a "Sad day for #Slayer fans."

Hanneman left the group in 2011 when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis from a spider bite.

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