It is with great sadness to report that legendary drummer Vinnie Paul, co-founder of Pantera, has passed away. The 54-year-old was also a current member of HellYeah, and was in Damageplan as well when his brother Darrell Abbott was assassinated onstage. According to Billboard, his representative confirmed the news of his death to them. Unfortunately, there are no further details about his passing but it is best to not question and respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

We will provide an update as soon as we receive it. This is a huge loss and we send our deepest condolences to Vinnie Paul’s friends, family and bandmates during this horrible time. We can only hope he’s out there somewhere reunited with his brother Dimebag Darrell for a reunited jam. Rest in peace.