The family of Vinnie Paul have confirmed that he passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, NV. A medical examiner will set out to determine his cause of death after which, his body will be transferred back to Texas to be buried alongside his mother and his brother, the late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.
Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold etc. pay tribute to Late Pantera and HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul. Below’s what they have to say:
Thank you for all the good times, Vinnie…your incredible hospitality and warm vibe was infectious and inspiring. Here’s to another shot of Crown Royal and a next level game of air hockey down the road! RIP, brother. Much love. ?? pic.twitter.com/ehNXoO88jY
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) June 23, 2018
Very sad news this evening. This man always treated me & the guys in my band like family, from the very first time we ever met him with his brother at a Damageplan gig in Texas– whether backstage at a show, on his crazy tour bus, at his club, at his house, he was always a gracious host to us. He just wanted people around him to be happy. I didn’t see Vinnie much the last time we played a gig together because I heard he was in a very foul mood– this was highly unusual for him. Why was he in a foul mood? Because we were playing a big festival in Chicago, he had bought a TON OF FOOD to grill in the parking lot for everyone (as usual), & the fire marshall came and shut him down before he could start the bar-b-que. That’s the type of dude he was– he just wanted to make sure people were having a good time, & he took steps to make that happen. He also did me a very solid favor when I was in some very serious legal trouble a while back by writing a detailed letter to a judge explaining what had happened to his brother & the need for good stage security– that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, but he did it anyway because he was a true friend and knew I needed some help– I’ll never forget that, & I made sure he knew I appreciated it. He also never minded when I got in his face with my camera– I took this photo with a 50mm fixed lens at a festival we were playing with Hellyeah in Iowa in 2016– that means I was basically inside his drum kit. When he saw me poking my head in there, he just turned, flashed me this grin, & kept on rocking. I love this photo– Big Vin smiling and doing what he did best. Rest In Peace, Vinnie Paul. You’ll be missed. BIG LOVE.
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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
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
I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me. Rest In Peace, my dear friend. @Pantera @hellyeahband #vinniepaul
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) June 23, 2018
Tragic news about Vinnie Paul today. He was one of the warmest people I knew. A truly good & fun friend. We’re going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. RIP buddy. https://t.co/yQqruY4tio
— Slash (@Slash) June 23, 2018
— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) 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
— Michael Amott (@Michael_Amott) June 23, 2018
I’m sad. One of many hammered nights I spent with this man… stunned. ??
R.I.P. V.P. pic.twitter.com/ks6uxfbjID
— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) June 23, 2018
It’s nights like these that make you think of all your friends and loved ones but especially the ones you don’t see anymore. Vinnie was the Glue In Pantera ( to me) , those motherfuckers retaught Me about Metal and most of you too! The numerous shots, the hugs, the finger snapping, the damn hotdog machine in his kitchen, All VINNIE! God dammit I’m fucking upset ??I love you bro @vinniepaul3
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— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) June 23, 2018
RIP Vinnie Paul. Friend. Humorist. Badass drummer. All-around good man. Condolences to the family. You will be missed bro…
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) June 23, 2018
Very saddened to wake up in Belgium today to the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. You were a good friend and left us an amazing legacy. Go home in peace…. #ripvinniepaul hellyeahofficial… https://t.co/Wwn5VQqzbr
— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) June 23, 2018
Like his brother, he spent his energy sharing his talent with us and bringing heavy music to people all over the world. His unique presence will be sorely missed down here. https://t.co/ZknPIrj2io
— Marty Friedman (@marty_friedman) June 23, 2018
— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) June 23, 2018
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Rest in Peace Vinnie Paul. pic.twitter.com/3PHSWSBURw
— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) June 23, 2018
Thanks for the one of a kind memories my dear friend, I hope that you are in the arms of our brothers. pic.twitter.com/zNulWNAt5H
— Synyster Gates (@SynysterGates) June 23, 2018
?? RIP Vinnie Paul, my condolences to the HELLYEAH extended family, band, crew, fans & everyone whose life was made better/touched by his kindness, generosity & bad ass drumming. Such a star & a game changer. Getcha pull in the next dimension brother!
— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) June 23, 2018
“My name is Jake Bowen and I lovvvvvvvvvvve PANTERA.” Has been my mic check line for years…Pantera is my all time favorite band, the impact that their music has had on my life is for sure one of the main reasons I play music for a living. RIP Vinnie Paul.
Ein Beitrag geteilt von Jake Bowen (@jakeperiphery) am
Fuck man. Just waking up to the news. Another one of our friends In Rock gone way to soon. Respect and love to his close friends and family. Such a Sweetheart.
Rip Vinnie Paul.
— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) June 23, 2018
Don’t even know what to say. Vinnie was such an incredibly fun and joyful person to be around. Some of the greatest times of my life were spent throwing back drinks with Vinnie and brother… https://t.co/TtNfItxB1I
— Brian Fair (@brianshadfall) June 23, 2018
— John 5 (@john5guitarist) June 23, 2018
RIP Vinnie Paul – metal drumming will not be the same without you my friend! pic.twitter.com/ZfspSNMPC0
— Jason Bittner (@jbittnerdrums) June 23, 2018
RIP Vinnie Paul, such a sad day..what a loss for the rock and metal community, such a legend.. pic.twitter.com/7pGygJqw01
— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) June 23, 2018
— Trivium (@TriviumOfficial) June 23, 2018
— Obituary (@obituarytheband) June 23, 2018
RIP Vinnie. Loss for words my friend. Still can’t register. ??
— STEPHEN PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) June 23, 2018
Sad to hear about my friend Vinnie Paul’s passing. One of the true great ones. He’ll truly be missed. RIP Brother.
— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) June 23, 2018