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Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dies Aged 54

Saturday, 23 June 2018 Written by Huw Baines

Vinnie Paul has died aged 54.

The drummer played with Pantera, the metal band he founded with his late brother, Dimebag Darrell, along with Damageplan and more recently the supergroup Hellyeah.

A statement posted to the Pantera Facebook page read: “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

Tributes have been paid by members of Black Sabbath, Kiss, Megadeth and Anthrax. Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler wrote on Twitter: "Shocked and saddened to hear of Vinnie Paul's passing. A true original. Had some good laughs when we toured with Pantera. Gone too soon."

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