Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Found Dead At 54
On Friday night, Pantera drummer and founder Vinnie Paul died at 54-years-old. The band announced his passing on Facebook without providing an immediate cause of death.
“Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away,” Pantera wrote. “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.”
In 1981, the Texas native formed Pantera with his brother Darrell Abbott and bassist Rex Brown. The heavy metal band later added singer Phil Anselmo to the mix in 1987. They released albums including Cowboys from Hell, Vulgar Display of Power, Far Beyond Driven, The Great Southern Trendkill and Reinventing the Steel.
In 2004, Pantera disbanded due to issues between the Abbott brothers and Anselmo, so the brothers formed Damageplan and released a new album, New Found Power. Later that year, Darrell was shot and killed onstage while performing by a deranged fan.
Two years after his brother’s death, Abbott joined metal group Hellyeah. Most recently, they released Unden!able in 2016.
Mike Portnoy, the drummer of Dream Theater, tweeted his remembrance of Abbott.
FUCK!!! Just waking up here in Belgium to the news of Vinnie Paul…I’m in total shock…Heaven just got a little crazier with the Abbott Bros back together again…RIP Bro 😢 pic.twitter.com/HkC2yVaqtu
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) June 23, 2018
Additionally, other fans and people of the music industry remembered the drummer on Twitter.
VINNIE PAUL GOD BLESS YOU FOREVER
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) June 23, 2018
GOD BLESS VINNIE PAUL – 1964-2O18 – FATHER VINNIE,Your Compassion for others & Your Love for seeing everyone around you Happy I will never forget – Your Heart of Gold Made The World a Better Place – Go be w/Your BELOVED BROTHER – I LOVE YOU – tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/8VC3T3hQa2
— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) June 23, 2018
Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans.
— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) June 23, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear that our dear friend and brother, Vinnie Paul has passed away. Rest in Peace Vinnie, you will truly be missed and forever remembered. @Pantera @hellyeahband #VinniePaul pic.twitter.com/1y6r0mBRy5
— Megadeth (@Megadeth) June 23, 2018