Former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has died. He was 54 years old.
“Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away,” reads a statement on the PANTERA Facebook page. “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.”
Vinnie Paul and his brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.
Since his brother’s murder, Vinnie Paul released several Dimebag-related items through his Big Vin Records label, including DVDs and the paperback book “He Came to Rock”. Vinnie later said that the Dimebag-related releases weren’t an attempt to cash in on his brother’s tragic end but rather a way to keep Dimebag‘s legacy alive and well.
Up until his death, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo.
Vinnie and Anselmo‘s relationship got more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag‘s death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag‘s killer.
Vinnie Paul has consistently shot down persistent calls for a PANTERA reunion with Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) filling in for Dimebag on guitar, telling Metal Hammer: “I’m not interested because there’s no Dime, and, to me, if there’s no Dime, there’s no PANTERA. That’s my reason. It’s behind me. I’ve moved on. I play in a band called HELLYEAH and I really love doing it. I’m looking forward to moving forward; I don’t wanna live in the past.”
For the past decade, Vinnie Paul Abbott has been touring and recording with HELLYEAH, whose fifth album, “Unden!able”, came out in 2016.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul. Loved when Pantera did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows. RIP and condolences to his family. https://t.co/DaQREBNVW7
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) June 23, 2018
Damn it. I love you brother. RIP Vinnie Paul. https://t.co/73fTmNLA2F
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) June 23, 2018
— Brian Slagel (@brianslagel) June 23, 2018
Vinnie… I told you 100 times I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing had you not changed the world. I was fortunate enough to get to know you as a man and as a true friend.
You made me feel good about me. You… https://t.co/Qe8CYdPCnx
— Chris Adler (@ChrisAdlerMusic) June 23, 2018
— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) June 23, 2018
I have no words …. RIP Vinnie ….. you were one of the kindest. Sweetest humans to ever grace this earth … the only comfort I have right now is the best brother combo to ever play… https://t.co/rcj3tr8RX3
— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) June 23, 2018
I’m in shocked to say the least. I was praying to God the news wasn’t true….unfortunately and sadly it is. RIP my friend you are and will forever be missed. I will always be grateful for… https://t.co/HeL7LbDtri
— ASHBA (@DjASHBA) June 23, 2018
In honor of Vinnie’s passing, here is a piece Todd Newman and I did years ago to honor his brother, Dimebag. https://t.co/oMikpx7QXj
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) June 23, 2018
R.I.P. Vinnie Paul….
Always had a great time with you buddy!! Now you can jam with Dime again….
— John Corabi (@Crablegs59) June 23, 2018
So sorry to hear about Vinnie Paul. The man was a Class act and always treated everyone with respect. Here’s to one of metal’s best!
— Rikki Rockett (@RikkiRockett) June 23, 2018
Vinnie Paul Has Passed Away..I'm completely devastated! He was a Real Brother! & True Friend! RIP my Brother Vinnie..God knows me and all of us are gonna truly miss ya! Mt??
— BulletBoys (@TheBulletBoys) June 23, 2018