Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead at 54

Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul

Dead at 54

6/23/2018 6:50 AM PDT

Vinnie Paul, a drummer and one of the original members of Pantera, is dead.

Paul was a founding member of the metal band, which formed in the 80’s.   His brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbot, was also a founding members.  The band was huge in its day … nominated for Grammys in 1995 and 2001.  Their album “Far Beyond Driven,” hit #1 in 1994.

The group fell apart in 2003 … by all accounts band members were feuding.  

Vinnie’s brother, Dimebag, was shot and killed a year later during a concert, after a man ran up on stage and began shooting … killing a total of 4 people.

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine said, “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.”

Cause of death is unknown.

Vinnie was 54.

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