Pantera have issued an official statement on the passing of Jerry Abbott, the father of founding members Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell. The news broke late last week, addressing Jerry who died at 80 in a Denton, Texas facility. The news was confirmed by a close friend who posted on social media, which now appears to have been likely removed from public viewing. Pantera took a moment to share such kind words and insight to the early days of the band in the below social media post, shared yesterday (8th):

“Rest in Peace Jerry Abbott
Jerry was the father of Vince & Darrell & was a huge influence on us, in our formative years. He passed down an incredible legacy of his own. He was a great songwriter and a much sought after engineer & producer. He managed the band from ‘82-‘89 & taught us a lot. We can look back now & see that without him; we might not have ever made it out of Tejas. But we did…
Hearing the news of his passing, we immediately thought of all the great times we had with the “LD”, a nickname we gave him, and all the things that made him so very special!! This cannot be said enough, he was one of the good ones & will be missed!! He’s in a much better place now… God Bless. – Rex Brown & Philip Anselmo ‘24”