Pantera and Hellyeah Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead at 54

Fellow musicians are already paying tribute to the metal legend.

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Vinnie Paul, the legendary drummer of Pantera, Damageplan and Hellyeah, is dead at age 54. 

The tragic news was confirmed on Pantera’s Facebook page.   

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Paul co-founded Pantera with his brother, guitarist Dimebag Darrel (born Vincent Paul Abbott), in 1981. The Texas-bred heavy metal band gained widespread notoriety among rock fans after vocalist Phil Anselmo joined in 1987. 

Billboard reports that Pantera earned four Grammy nominations and released nine albums that broke into the Billboard 200 over its career. 

A signature “groove metal” style was exhibited on 1990’s Cowboys From Hell, 1992’s Vulgar Display of Power, and the chart-topping 1994 album Far Beyond Driven. Many consider all three to be classics. 

The Abbott brothers officially disbanded Pantera in 2003 and immediately formed Damageplan. During a performance in 2004, Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed by a crazed fan. 

Paul then formed metal “supergroup” Hellyeah in 2006 with Mudvayne singer Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell. He recorded five albums with the group, the most recent being 2016’s Undeniable. 

Slash, Lars Ulrich, and Alice Cooper are just a few of the fellow rockers who posed tributes to the late musician on Twitter. 

RIP, Vinnie. You’ll be missed.  

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