It’s sad to say there’s more tragedy for the Abbott family as Vinnie Paul, drummer for Pantera, Damageplan, and Hellyeah has died at 54!
Vinnie Paul’s representative confirmed his death and stated there were no details regarding his passing 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.”
Paul, along with his late brother Dimebag Darrell, founded the metal group Pantera in 1981. 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.
When Pantera broke up in 2003, the brothers founded Damageplan. Unfortunately, in 2004, Dimebag Darrell was tragically murdered on stage when a gunman shot him during a concert.
Paul took a long hiatus after his brother’s death but returned in 2006 to join the supergroup Hellyeah and has been with them since.
Born in Texas, Paul credited his Lone Star roots for his powerful groove. “The Texas thing is part of it, growing up on a healthy dose of ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan, but I also was a metal-head from day one. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Van Halen, all my favorite bands had really great grooves to their music,”
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
This is a major blow to the world of rock and roll and especially the Abbott family. All of us here at Horror Patch wish to extend our condolences to Vinnie Paul Abbott’s family and friends during this difficult time. His music will live on for all-time in the hearts and minds of his fans! His legacy is cemented in stone.