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Ex-Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dead at 54

  • Published at 11:05 am June 23rd, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:08 am June 23rd, 2018
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Vincent Paul Abbott Collected from Pantera's Facebook page

Rest in peace Paul

Legendary thrash metal drummer Vincent Paul Abbott alias Vinnie Paul, co-founder of Pantera, has died at the age of 54, reports Billboard.

Vinnie Paul’s media representative confirmed his death. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Born March 11, 1964, Paul formed Pantera in 1981 along with his brother Dimebag Darrell. The band earned four Grammy nominations and charted nine albums on the Billboard 200 throughout its career. Their 1994 album “Far Beyond Driven” debuted at number one on the Billboart charts. Their albums “Vulgar Display of Power” and “Cowboys From Hell” are considered cornerstones of thrash metal music.

After Pantera’s split, the Abbott brothers formed Damageplan in 2003. Dimebag was shot dead on stage during a Damageplan concert in Ohio on December 8, 2004.

After Damageplan, Paul joined Hellyeah - a heavy metal supergroup – in 2006 with Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.