Today, if he were alive, Jeff Hanneman would have been turning 50 years old.
Alas, Jeff never made it to that milestone, dying last spring and leaving quite a void in his wake.
Today, Slayer recognized Jeff’s birthday in a posting online.
“Today would have been Jeff Hanneman’s 50th birthday, presenting us with another reminder of how much we all miss him since he passed last May 2,” says the statement.
“The entire Slayer family appreciates the fans’ tributes and recognition of the trails Jeff blazed in thrash metal and the songs he wrote that defined a genre. We — the fans, the press, the Slayer family — know what Jeff’s accomplishments were, we know the long-lasting effect his talent will continue to have on young musicians just starting their careers. Jeff Hammenan belongs to US, the rebels, the misfits, the mavericks, the ones who go left when everyone else goes right, the ones who push against the grain and introduce real change into the world — just like Jeff did. Happy Birthday Jeff!”
Indeed. Sorry you’re fucking gone, man.
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