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Pantera, Hellyeah Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead At 54

Pantera announced the news in the early hours of this morning.

Vinnie Paul - drummer for Pantera, Hellyeah, Damageplan and Rebel Meeets Rebel - has passed away at the age of 54.

Pantera's social channels released a short statement today confirming Vinnie Paul (full name Vinnie Paul Abbott)'s death, and stating that no further details are available at this time.

Read their full message below:

"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."

Vinnie Paul was an integral part of Pantera's rise across the '80s and '90s before their breakup in 2003, while in more recent years he had been drumming for supergroup Hellyeah, who have released five albums since 2007.

R.I.P.