- Date of Birth:
- January 31, 1964
- 6' 0"
- Los Angeles
Jeff Hanneman (Jeffrey John “Jeff” Hanneman January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013) was a guitarist in the American thrash metal band Slayer, who grew up in Long Beach, California. Jeff had contributed material to every Slayer album and wrote the songs “Raining Blood”, “War Ensemble”, “South of Heaven”, “Seasons in the Abyss” and “Angel of Death”, which are played at almost every live Slayer show. In early 2011, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely originating from a spider bite. Jeff died on May 2, 2013 near his home in Southern California due to liver failure. Jeff was once a heavy drinker, but had reportedly been sober for two months and was awaiting a liver transplant.
Best Known For:
Jeff Hanneman was best known as a founding member of Slayer.
In 1997, Jeff Hanneman married Kathryn. The couple had no children and lived in Los Angeles. Kathryn stayed at home when Slayer toured; Jeff claimed to prefer this, having said that when he came home, she was “all brand new again.” Kathryn had toured with the band twice in twenty years.