Slayer co-founder and guitarist Jeff Hanneman died last Thursday of liver failure. Hanneman, 49, was also still suffering from a skin-eating condition he contracted as a result of a spider bite, but it hasn’t been determined how much that illness contributed to his death.
Hanneman was a huge Oakland Raiders’ fan who often wore Raiders’ jerseys on stage, including Bo Jackson’s No. 34, Tyrone Wheatley’s No. 47 and Rod Martin’s/Bill Romanowski’s No. 53. Hanneman also had several custom ESP Raiders’ guitars made for him. A user on the ESPguitars.com board has one of the rare guitars autographed by Hanneman. He alleged that Hanneman used the guitar in studio during the recording of Slayer’s “Christ Illusion.” You can see photos of the guitar in the gallery below.
Details of Hanneman’s funeral have been very guarded, perhaps because the asshats of the Westboro Baptist Church have threatened to protest the funeral by singing ‘Crazy Train’ by Ozzy Osbourne. If the WBC members have any survival instincts, they’ll re-think that decision and cancel their plans.
We’d be very surprised if someone in Hanneman’s camp didn’t see to it that the Slayer guitarist is laid to rest with a Raiders’ jersey and perhaps one of his guitars.
You can see Hanneman in his Raiders’ jersey playing “Raining Blood” live in the video below:
[All photos via espguitars.com]