The surviving members of California thrash titans SLAYER have opened up to Guitar World magazine about the passing of the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died on May 2 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver, a result of a lifetime of drinking.
“Jeff was always a drinker,” former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo tells the publication for its August 2013 issue. “He always had a Coors Light tall can in his hand. Always.”
“Jeff and I always drank,” SLAYER guitarist Kerry King adds. “They called Steven Tyler and Joe Perry the Toxic Twins. We were the Drunk Brothers.” He laughs. “The difference being that I don’t wake up in the morning and need a beer. Jeff didn’t know how not to drink.”