Slayer released a statement yesterday revealing guitarist Jeff Hanneman died due to alcohol related cirrhosis.

Here's an excerpt:

"We've just learned that the official cause of Jeff's death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record"

They also announced that there will be a celebration of Jeff's life held "sometime later this month" which the public will be invited to attend. Tom Araya had this to say "Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy."

Read the full statement here.