Former Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott Has Died

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According to Billboard, former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has died. He was 54 years old.

His representative confirmed the legendary drummer’s death to Billboard, but added that no further details are available at this time.

Vinnie Paul was co-founder and lead drummer for Pantera. When Pantera broke up in 2003, Vinnie and his brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott formed Damageplan. On December 8, 2004, while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage.

For the past decade, Vinnie Paul Abbott has been touring and recording with Hellyeah, whose fifth album, “Unden!able”, came out in 2016.