Heavy metal musician Vinnie Paul died June 22 in Las Vegas at the age of 54. No details of the award winning drummer’s death have been released; but rumours state that he died in his sleep.

He was best known for being the drummer and co-founder, with his brother, of the platinum album selling metal band Pantera. He was also in the band Hellyeah and formed Damageplan with his brother after Pantera.

He was born Vincent Paul Abbott on March 11, 1964 in Abilene, Texas. He began playing the drums when he was 14.

Predeceased by his brother Darrell who died after being shot on stage in 2004, and mother; Paul is survived by his father and girlfriend Chelsey.


Feature photo credit: By Henry Laurisch – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27418007