Doctor: Spider Bite Not To Blame For Hanneman’s Death

Jeff Hanneman

I’m not sure who Dr. Kent Sepkowitz is, but a quick Google search turns up a ton of credentials for the New York City-based infectious-disease specialist.

Kent’s written a piece for The Daily Beast, where he weighs whether Jeff Hanneman’s spider bite of two years ago actually contributed to the Slayer guitarist’s recent death.

In short, whether liver failure can result from such a bite. And he doesn’t think its possible.

“The necrotizing fasciitis and the liver failure both are awful, but despite the tidiness of the narrative suggesting that the old necrotizing fasciitis caused the new liver failure, the story is exactly the opposite: people with severe underlying medical problems, such as chronic liver disease, are at increased risk for necrotizing fasciitis,” writes the doctor.

“So rather than the 2011 illness influencing his death, it is more likely that the very illness that killed him — liver failure — was the same condition that predisposed him to the near-death experience two years ago.”


Jeff’s liver, then, was likely diseased, which increased his likelihood of developing the necrotizing fasciitis after that spider bit his arm.

Hey man — it’s science!

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