The music world is still reeling after the loss of Vinnie Paul Abbott of Pantera and HELLYEAH this weekend. A report from the family has come down that Vinnie died in his sleep, but no further information about the cause of his death is available, In the meantime tributes continue to pour in from all over the world. You can read Ghost Cult’s memorial tribute to him at this link. Notably, Vinnie’s longtime girlfriend Chelsea and Eleven Seven Music Group have issued statements about Vinnie’s passing.
Eleven Seven Music’s statement reads as follows:
“Vinnie Paul Abbott wasn’t just a drummer, he was an iconic fixture in the metal and hard rock community, a pioneer, and an absolute legend. He was a self-taught drummer who went on to win many awards for his impeccable skills throughout his career.
“A founding member of PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN and his current band HELLYEAH, Vinnie was a vital force for bands and millions of fans worldwide. Whether fans were turning their volume to 11 or headbanging their hearts out at live shows, Vinnie was an inspiration.
“His most recent release, HELLYEAH’s ‘Unden!able’, contained three hit singles, thanks to support from SiriusXM’s Octane. ‘All of us at Octane are so broken hearted to hear of the passing of our brother Vinnie Paul. We sent love to his family, band members and fans. You will be missed. Thinking of you reunited and rockin’ with Dime… Rest in peace, Vinnie Paul Abbott,’ Octane released in a statement.
“Today, the world not only lost a legend, but also a genuine human being who lived to put a smile on the faces of everyone he met. May he be reunited with his brother as we all strive to continue his legacy.
“Eleven Seven Music is heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, bandmates, friends, and fans through this difficult time.”