June 23, 2018
The drummer of Pantera has died.
Drummer Vinnie Paul, co-founder of metal band Pantera, has died. Currently a member of Hellyeah, Paul was 54.
His representative confirmed the legendary drummer’s death to Billboard, but added that no further details are available at this time.
“Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away,” reads a statement on the Pantera Facebook page. “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.”
Along with his brother, Dimebag Darrell, Paul (born Vincent Paul Abbott) formed Pantera in 1981. The group found mainstream success with second lead singer Phil Anselmo. Throughout its career, Pantera earned four Grammy nominations and charted nine albums on the Billboard 200, including its 1994 album Far Beyond Driven, which debuted at No. 1 on the chart.
Following Pantera’s demise, the Abbott brothers formed Damageplan in 2003. The band was performing on Dec. 8, 2004, when Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed onstage during a concert in Columbus, Ohio.
Yeah, I’m from Columbus, Ohio and knew a group of guys who were there. Weird event. It was a military vet, who was able to walk right in the side door of the small club and onto the stage and just shoot him in the head.
His own head was all fucked up from Iraq.
The Alrosa Villa was a real shithole, but I was there many times for various shows.
It’s still there, even though the whole area is run by Somalians now.
Vinnie, I’m sure, died of heart failure from a life of cocaine use. Early-to-mid fifties is when it gets you.
The thing about coke is you’re really just borrowing time from the end of your life when you use it. It speeds you up to double time. But as my favorite saying goes: nothing is free. You can’t just double your speed without there being a cost.
Pantera was a great band, which for Gen X and Millennials certainly played a role in the formation of our youth consciousness, whether we were direct fans or not.