Vinnie Paul, Pantera Drummer, Dimebag Darrell’s Brother, Dead At 54

Legend The musician's passing was confirmed on his Facebook and a statement read'Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away

Vinne formed Pantera in the "80s along with his brother 'Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Vinnie Paul, the drummer and founding member of the metal band Pantera has died, the band announced on Facebook. No further details are now available.

'The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time'.

Paul's former Pantera bandmates Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo have yet to comment on the heartbreaking news, however metal identity Eddie Trunk - who first broke the news of Lemmy's passing to the world - has tweeted saying he's "absolutely stunned". They were performing in Columbus, Ohio on December, 2004 when Darrell was shot dead along with four gig goers.

After the group split in 2003, Paul and Darrell formed Damageplan.

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Since 2006, Paul was the drummer for Hellyeah, a heavy metal supergroup that also includes Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.

A cause of death has not been named, but Paul's representative confirmed to Billboard he died Friday.

Bass player for heavy metal giants Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler reminisced about his time touring with Abbott, calling him a "true original". "Shocked and saddened to hear of Vinnie Paul's passing", Butler wrote on Twitter.

"RIP and condolences to his family". We're going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. "Rest In Peace, my dear friend".

Fans and fellow musicians have left tributes for Pantera co-founder Vinnie Paul.

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