We are still reeling from the sudden and tragic loss of legendary metal drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott of Pantera and Hellyeah fame, who died at age 54 last night. Many of Vinnie’s peers took to social media to break the news, share their feelings and reminisce about the man.
I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me. Rest In Peace, my dear friend. @Pantera @hellyeahband #vinniepaul
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) June 23, 2018
GOD BLESS VINNIE PAUL 1964-2O18 – FATHER VINNIE – Your Compassion for Others & Your Love for Seeing Everybody around You Happy I Will never Forget – Your Heart Of Gold Made The World a Better Place – I’m sure ST.DIME is Holding the Door open for You at GODS TAVERN – LOVE YOU MY BROTHER – tBLSt SDMF tVPt
Thank you for all the good times, Vinnie…your incredible hospitality and warm vibe was infectious and inspiring. Here’s to another shot of Crown Royal and a next level game of air hockey down the road! RIP, brother. Much love. ❤ pic.twitter.com/ehNXoO88jY
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) June 23, 2018
RIP Vinnie Paul. Friend. Humorist. Badass drummer. All-around good man. Condolences to the family. You will be missed bro…
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) June 23, 2018
Absolutely stunned to hear the unbelievable news that Vinnie Paul @Pantera has died… I knew Vinnie well. Did my shows many times. A great drummer and music fan and always a blast to hang with. Beyond tragic. Can’t believe it. #RIPVinniePaul .
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) June 23, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/4yCzabmWVt
— Pantera (@Pantera) June 23, 2018
Very sad news this evening. This man always treated me & the guys in my band like family, from the very first time we ever met him with his brother at a Damageplan gig in Texas– whether backstage at a show, on his crazy tour bus, at his club, at his house, he was always a gracious host to us. He just wanted people around him to be happy. I didn’t see Vinnie much the last time we played a gig together because I heard he was in a very foul mood– this was highly unusual for him. Why was he in a foul mood? Because we were playing a big festival in Chicago, he had bought a TON OF FOOD to grill in the parking lot for everyone (as usual), & the fire marshall came and shut him down before he could start the bar-b-que. That’s the type of dude he was– he just wanted to make sure people were having a good time, & he took steps to make that happen. He also did me a very solid favor when I was in some very serious legal trouble a while back by writing a detailed letter to a judge explaining what had happened to his brother & the need for good stage security– that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, but he did it anyway because he was a true friend and knew I needed some help– I’ll never forget that, & I made sure he knew I appreciated it. He also never minded when I got in his face with my camera– I took this photo with a 50mm fixed lens at a festival we were playing with Hellyeah in Iowa in 2016– that means I was basically inside his drum kit. When he saw me poking my head in there, he just turned, flashed me this grin, & kept on rocking. I love this photo– Big Vin smiling and doing what he did best. Rest In Peace, Vinnie Paul. You’ll be missed. BIG LOVE.
— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) June 23, 2018
— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) June 23, 2018
Jam Pantera right now. RIP Vinnie Paul.
— The Sword (@TheSword) June 23, 2018
— Brian Slagel (@brianslagel) June 23, 2018
— Grumpy Banana Basket (@CoreyTaylorRock) June 23, 2018
R.I.P. Vinnie Paul Abbot
— Dino Cazares (@DinoCazares) June 23, 2018
Rest In Peace Vinnie Paul. Heaven has Dimebag and Vinnie now ??#RIPVINNIEPAUL
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) June 23, 2018
— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) June 23, 2018
Got to hang out with Vinnie in LV a few years ago. He was a gentleman with a huge heart. So, so sorry to hear this news and completely shocked? God Bless you Vinnie, God speed my friend??? RIP #vinniepaul https://t.co/5ReGEkgT2K
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) June 23, 2018
Damn it. I love you brother. RIP Vinnie Paul. https://t.co/73fTmNLA2F
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) June 23, 2018
Gutted to hear about the nicest guy in metal passing. Vinnie Paul showed us nothing but love. We’ll miss you Vinnie.
— Papa Roach (@paparoach) June 23, 2018
Rest in peace, Vinnie. Our prayers and good wishes go to his family, friends and fans. https://t.co/iXQ4Hum9lT
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) June 23, 2018
Can’t believe it.
R.I.P to our brother Vinnie Paul. https://t.co/In2Dlmmfq5
— Anthrax (Band) (@Anthrax) June 23, 2018
So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul. Loved when Pantera did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows. RIP and condolences to his family. https://t.co/DaQREBNVW7
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) June 23, 2018
? ?: @creature_kenny Repost By creature_kenny: So Sad…. R.I.P. Vinnie Paul‼? I took this photo at NAGOYA CLUB DIAMOND HALL @anthrax x @hellyeahofficial Japan Tour Mon.2.April 2012 After Show‼Many Great Memories‼ チャーリーからメールで知りました、、、悲しい‼写真は2012年のANTHRAXとHELLYEAHのジャパン・ツアー初日の名古屋ダイアモンドホールのライブ終了後‼ このツアー、、、本当楽しくてたくさんの思い出があります‼R.I.P.? #RIP #vinniepaul #ripvinniepaul #hellyeah #anthrax #japantour2012 #nagoya #diamondhall #creaturefromtheliving @greed_store #pantera
— Giordy Loddo ? (@GiordyLoddo) June 23, 2018
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My heart is broken. Vinnie you were one of the first Rockstars I ever met, you sang “It’s Not You”to me in Texas before it was even a thing. You gave me my first strip club experience and made sure one of the girls danced to “I Get Off”. Not only were you an influence and a supporter of my band but you were such a good friend, always there with a smile, and a blacktooth grin. You always found your way into our life over the years, and we ‘d always pick up right where we left off. You were greatly loved and will always be a part of the Halestorm family! Say hello to your brother for us…and teach them angels to fuckin’ rock! Til next time my brother!