Jeff Hanneman of the thrash metal band Slayer has died. He was just 49.
The monstrous guitar player died of liver failure, according to reports.
The punk rock-influenced thrash-metal legend and fellow guitarist Kerry King formed Slayer when both were auditioning for the same band in 1981.
Instead, they decided to start their own, to widespread success.
Slayer's sales neared 30 million albums worldwide, and they were often called one of the "big four" in metal alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax.
Hanneman is survived by wife Kathy, a sister and two brothers.