Heavy metal icon Vinnie Paul dies at 54

The co-founder of Pantera allegedly suffered a major heart attack.

Vinnie Paul of heavy metal outfit Pantera has died last Friday. He was 54.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the drummer “suffered a major heart attack” and died in his home in Vegas. His band has released an official statement on Facebook regarding Paul’s death and requested fans to “respect their privacy during this time.”

Paul co-founded Pantera in 1981 with his brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was murdered in 2004 during a nightclub gig. The group also included bassist Rex Browns and guitarist Terry Glaze. They were known for hits like “Revolution is My Name” and “Cemetery Gates.” Throughout their career, the group were nominated four times for a Grammy.

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His peers from the rock and metal scene, including Slash, Sebastian Bach and Paul Stanley have taken to social media to honor his legacy. Avenged Sevenfold have also paid tribute to the iconic drummer by opening their set at Hellfest on Saturday with slideshow of Paul. The band even dedicated their song “Hail to the King” to remember the Pantera member.

Watch a clip of the performance below:

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