Coroner confirms Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman died from cirrhosis of the liver

Frontman's liver disease was brought on by accumulated alcohol abuse

Posted 12th May 2013 in News | By Clickmusic News Desk
Coroner confirms Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman died from cirrhosis of the liver

Two weeks after his death, a coroner has confirmed that Slayer founder Jeff Hanneman died from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver.

News came yesterday via the band's official website, which confirmed that Jeff had only been diagnosed with liver failure towards his last weeks.

"While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life," the band wrote.

"Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record."

Guitarist Kerry King wrote: "I had so many great times with Jeff. In the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies... World War II movies, horror movies, we watched 'Full Metal Jacket' so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue."

Jeff died at 49 after suffering liver failure in a California hospital. In the days since his death, Westboro Baptist Church announced that they would picket his funeral to warn of "God's coming wrath".