Founding member and guitarist of Slayer, Jeff Hanneman has sadly died aged 49.

The band broke the news via Facebook late last night:

Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed. Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)

Despite contributing to all ten of their studio albums, Hanneman had been on hiatus since 2011 following a spider bite which almost killed him.

R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman.