The death of Vincent Paul Abbott, best known as the drummer and co-founder of American heavy metal band Pantera and later the drummer for Damageplan and supergroup Hellyeah, has left a void in the world of metal as legions of metalheads mourn the passing away of the legend.
Vincent, known as "Vinnie", was found dead at his home in Las Vegas on June 22. He was 54.
On June 24, two days after his death, the cause was officially revealed – a powerful heart attack in his sleep. Several artists have paid tribute to him via social media such as Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Guns N Roses, Metallica, In Flames, Periphery, Devin Townsend, Alice In Chains, Lamb Of God, Slash, D J Ashba, and Sebastian Bach, who posted a tearful video on Twitter.
Former Pantera bandmates Philip Anselmo (vocals) posted the image of a lighted candle on his Twitter account while Rex Brown (bass guitar) issued a brief statement on his Facebook page.
Pantera was formed in 1981 in Arlington, Texas, by the Abbott brothers – Vinnie (drummer) and younger brother Dimebag Darrell (earlier known as Diamond Darrell), Terry Glaze (lead vocalist) and Tomy Bradford (bassist). Within a year, however, Rex Brown replaced Bradford.
(By Anand Venkitachalam)