Slayer founder Han­ne­man dies of liver fail­ure at 49

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Jeff Han­ne­man, a found­ing mem­ber of Slayer whose ca­reer was ir­re­vo­ca­bly changed af­ter a spi­der bite, has died. He was 49.

Slayer spokes­woman Heidi Robin­sonFitzger­ald said the gui­tarist died Thurs­day morn­ing of liver fail­ure at a Los An­ge­les hos­pi­tal with his wife, Kathy, by his side.

The gui­tarist had re­cently be­gun writ­ing songs with the band in an­tic­i­pa­tion of record­ing a new al­bum later this year. He had been slowly re­cov­er­ing from what was be­lieved to be a spi­der bite that nearly cost him his arm af­ter he failed to seek im­me­di­ate treat­ment.

“The mu­sic in­dus­try has lost a true trail­blazer, and our deep­est sym­pa­thies go out to his fam­ily, his band­mates and fans around the world who mourn his un­timely pass­ing,” said Neil Port­now, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Record­ing Acad­emy, in a state­ment.

Robin­son-Fitzger­ald said it’s be­lieved the spi­der bite con­trib­uted to the fail­ure of Han­ne­man’s liver, but it is un­clear whether an au­topsy will be sched­uled. No fu­neral ar­range­ments have been made.

“Jeff Han­ne­man will al­ways be a me­tal god,” rocker An­drew W.K. posted on Twit­ter.

Han­ne­man co-founded the thrash me­tal pi­o­neers in Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Calif., in 1982. TORONTO — Con­tro­versy swirls over a ques­tion­able vote that has crowned a Nova Sco­tia teacher the firstever Big Brother Canada champ.

Ath­letic brunette Jil­lian MacLaugh­lin scored four votes from a seven-mem­ber jury tasked with de­cid­ing be­tween her and her flam­boy­ant co-fi­nal­ist Gary Levy.

She eked out a win thanks to a sur­prise nod from Levy’s best friend Topaz Brady, who made it clear through­out Thurs­day’s two-hour fi­nale she was root­ing for Levy.

Upon real­iz­ing she mis­tak­enly voted for MacLaugh­lin in­stead, Brady pleaded with show bosses to al­low her vote be changed — to no avail. The flap elicited cheers and jeers from the stu­dio au­di­ence who quickly took sides with bois­ter­ous cat­calls.

As a re­sult, MacLaugh­lin claims a $100,000 prize, along with a Chevy Trax and a $25,000 gift card to The Brick. As run­ner-up, Levy gets a $20,000 cash prize.

The first-ever Big Brother Canada saw 15 house­guests con­fined to a cam­era-rigged house, with no con­tact with the out­side world. It wrapped af­ter 10 weeks on Thurs­day with a two-hour fi­nale on Slice.

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