Former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has died. He was 54 years old.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Vinnie passed away Friday in Las Vegas, where he owned a home. No other details of his death were immediately available.
The drummer's passing was confirmed on both his personal and PANTERA's Facebook pages, where an identical announcement appeared Friday night.
"Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away," the statement read. "Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands PANTERA and HELLYEAH. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time."
Vinnie Paul and his brother "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.
Since his brother's murder, Vinnie Paul released several Dimebag-related items through his Big Vin Records label, including DVDs and the paperback book "He Came to Rock". Vinnie later said that the Dimebag-related releases weren't an attempt to cash in on his brother's tragic end but rather a way to keep Dimebag's legacy alive and well.
Up until his death, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo.
Vinnie and Anselmo's relationship got more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag's death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag's killer.
Vinnie Paul has consistently shot down persistent calls for a PANTERA reunion with Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) filling in for Dimebag on guitar, telling Metal Hammer: "I'm not interested because there's no Dime, and, to me, if there's no Dime, there's no PANTERA. That's my reason. It's behind me. I've moved on. I play in a band called HELLYEAH and I really love doing it. I'm looking forward to moving forward; I don't wanna live in the past."
For the past decade, Vinnie has been touring and recording with HELLYEAH, whose fifth album, "Unden!able", came out in 2016.
Shortly before his death, Vinnie laid down the drum tracks for HELLYEAH's sixth album at The Hideout recording studio in Las Vegas.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.Posted by Pantera on Friday, June 22, 2018
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Rock in peace Vinnie Paul— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) June 23, 2018
Say hi to brother Dime from all of us
We love you . Wish you were still here. Gone too soon man . Thanks for the music. And more importantly 30 years of non stop friendship. How rare is that In this business? I'm really gonna miss you ? pic.twitter.com/LUY41pzC0l
So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul. Loved when Pantera did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows. RIP and condolences to his family. https://t.co/DaQREBNVW7— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) June 23, 2018
Damn it. I love you brother. RIP Vinnie Paul. https://t.co/73fTmNLA2F— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) June 23, 2018
A huge inspiration, a friend for decades...I don’t know what to say...?? He will be missed by so many... pic.twitter.com/s5GOqqi7qC— Brian Tichy (@BrianTichy) June 23, 2018
I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me. Rest In Peace, my dear friend. @Pantera @hellyeahband #vinniepaul— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) June 23, 2018
Vinnie... I told you 100 times I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing had you not changed the world. I was fortunate enough to get to know you as a man and as a true friend.
You made me feel good about me. You... https://t.co/Qe8CYdPCnx— Chris Adler (@ChrisAdlerMusic) June 23, 2018
I have no words .... RIP Vinnie ..... you were one of the kindest. Sweetest humans to ever grace this earth ... the only comfort I have right now is the best brother combo to ever play… https://t.co/rcj3tr8RX3— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) June 23, 2018
I’m in shocked to say the least. I was praying to God the news wasn’t true....unfortunately and sadly it is. RIP my friend you are and will forever be missed. I will always be grateful for… https://t.co/HeL7LbDtri— ASHBA (@DjASHBA) June 23, 2018
In honor of Vinnie’s passing, here is a piece Todd Newman and I did years ago to honor his brother, Dimebag. https://t.co/oMikpx7QXj— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) June 23, 2018
R.I.P. Vinnie Paul....— John Corabi (@Crablegs59) June 23, 2018
Always had a great time with you buddy!! Now you can jam with Dime again....
So sorry to hear about Vinnie Paul. The man was a Class act and always treated everyone with respect. Here’s to one of metal’s best!— Rikki Rockett (@RikkiRockett) June 23, 2018
Vinnie Paul Has Passed Away..I'm completely devastated! He was a Real Brother! & True Friend! RIP my Brother Vinnie..God knows me and all of us are gonna truly miss ya! Mt??— BulletBoys (@TheBulletBoys) June 23, 2018
Can’t believe it.— Anthrax (Band) (@Anthrax) June 23, 2018
R.I.P to our brother Vinnie Paul. https://t.co/In2Dlmmfq5
We have no words. I just saw Vinnie last week in Las Vegas when he attended our show. One of the nicest guys we ever talked to, learned a lot from him and the stories were amazing. We even talked about possibly touring together again. This really sucks. RIP friend. pic.twitter.com/JgbBFD0klS— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) June 23, 2018
Rest In Peace Vinnie Paul ..Thanks for the great hangs, the drum battles in your house all night until the sun came up, getting me an audition w Ozzy that I blew & you busted my balls for 18 years about how bad I was. A friend, A Drummer, A man taken too soon...you will be missed pic.twitter.com/16TMBFboB3— Phil Varone (@REALPHILVARONE) June 23, 2018
I've absolutely no words to express how saddened I am to hear of the passing of Vinnie Paul! One of the nicest, most down to earth gentlemen in this business I've ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. It was an absolute honor to have toured & shared the stages with you! RIP— Mike Orlando (@MikeOrlando1) June 23, 2018
Gutted to hear about the nicest guy in metal passing. Vinnie Paul showed us nothing but love. We'll miss you Vinnie.— Papa Roach (@paparoach) June 23, 2018
Our deepest condolences go out to the friends, fans, family, and loved ones of our friend, Vinnie Paul.
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R.I.P. Vinnie Paul Abbot— Dino Cazares (@DinoCazares) June 23, 2018
Got to hang out with Vinnie in LV a few years ago. He was a gentleman with a huge heart. So, so sorry to hear this news and completely shocked? God Bless you Vinnie, God speed my friend??? RIP #vinniepaul https://t.co/5ReGEkgT2K— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) June 23, 2018
#Rip Vinnie Paul , A monster of a drummer and always the life of the party !! Thanks for all the good times and the hospitality at The Clubhouse in Dallas . A true Rock N Roll Spirit that will be truly missed . pic.twitter.com/HXq1cPS3BU— matt sorum (@mattsorum) June 23, 2018
R.i.p Vinnie Paul. :( I found him soft spoken... peace brother.— Devin Townsend (@dvntownsend) June 23, 2018
Vinnie was here the first time Phil and I stepped on stage together after 12 years . He loved and supported everyone he could . His phrase was “ Big Love “ and that’s how he lived his life… https://t.co/ZSRCyTQK1C— Tracii Guns (@traciiguns) June 23, 2018
I am loss for words... thank you for everything, the music and the laughs, you always made me and the guys feel special. Heartbroken. Rest in peace and give a hug to Dime and Peter for… https://t.co/DbpyPvceyf— Cristina Scabbia (@MissScabbia) June 23, 2018
Very saddened to wake up in Belgium today to the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. You were a good friend and left us an amazing legacy. Go home in peace.... #ripvinniepaul hellyeahofficial… https://t.co/Wwn5VQqzbr— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) June 23, 2018
I’m sad to hear my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Always one of the sweetest people in this rock n roll world. I will never forget his laugh. Also, the intro to our song 10 strikes you’re out is a straight up Vinnie quote. 1,2, BBQ!!!!!!— Stix Zadinia (@Stixzadinia) June 23, 2018
Absolutely shocked and saddened to hear the passing of Vinnie Paul. Had the pleasure to have met and share the stage with you a few times on this crazy journey. And everytime was a dream… https://t.co/PUD9irbERZ— Jamie Mathias (@BFMVJAMIE) June 23, 2018
Vin, you have left a gigantic hole in the world. Thank you for your kindness, your generosity and your friendship. There will never be another like you. You will be eternally missed. ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/MZUgnEigjJ— Todd Dammit Kerns (@todddammitkerns) June 23, 2018
I’m sad. One of many hammered nights I spent with this man... stunned. ?— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) June 23, 2018
R.I.P. V.P. pic.twitter.com/ks6uxfbjID
My God, we have lost another friend. I don't understand what is happening. The music world has been completely shaken by too many pre-mature deaths the last few years, its... https://t.co/JxcdWOVR9x— Brian Welch (@brianheadwelch) June 23, 2018
This sucks RIP Vinny Paul condolences to your family and friends— Ross The Boss (@officialrtb) June 23, 2018
Like his brother, he spent his energy sharing his talent with us and bringing heavy music to people all over the world. His unique presence will be sorely missed down here. https://t.co/ZknPIrj2io— Marty Friedman (@marty_friedman) June 23, 2018
I cannot believe it !! My good friend Vinny Paul dead. So sad. He was such a good guy. Fun sad a great drummer !I am bummed. RIP my friend my Prays go out to his family. ???— Carmine Appice (@carmineappice1) June 23, 2018
We are very saddened to hear of Vinnie Paul's untimely passing. Our sincerest condolences go out to Vinnie's family. pic.twitter.com/DcXWtmMzV0— Act Of Defiance (@ActOfDefiance1) June 23, 2018
Vinnie Paul: one of our biggest influences, gone way to soon. We’re thankful to have toured with him and Pantera on Ozzfest 2000. He and Dime were nothing but kind to us. His contributions to heavy music are undeniable. Our prayers go out to the Abbot family. Cheers, cowboy. pic.twitter.com/yMJgjozemF— TAPROOT (@FollowTaproot) June 23, 2018
R.I.P. Vinnie, you will be very missed ! Thank you for the— Terry Balsamo (@TerryBalsamo) June 23, 2018
Amazing Music & for always
being so kind!!
This just totally fuckin sucks. R.I.P. Vinnie Paul. ?You’ve influenced and inspired millions. You are forever a legend. You were always a party, and made everybody part of it. It was an… https://t.co/T05Bhmx9CB— John JD DeServio (@BLSBASS) June 23, 2018
Another gone too soon, I have no words... RIP Vinnie, say hi to Darrell and don't worry, you don't need to audition for that all star band in the sky :( pic.twitter.com/VrHRhO4vxp— Jeff Scott Soto (@jeffscottsoto) June 23, 2018
R.I.P. Vinnie Paul.
Epic brothers. Both gone now. Loved watching PANTERA live back in the day...a true force of nature.
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Rest in peace, Vinnie. Our prayers and good wishes go to his family, friends and fans. https://t.co/iXQ4Hum9lT— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) June 23, 2018
So sad. A lovely guy too. https://t.co/bZAvvS7sKB— Ginger Wildheart (@GingerWildheart) June 23, 2018
So bummed to hear about Vinnie:( Vegas and the world loved him and he was a great person! Condolences to his family friends and band...RIP— DOUG ALDRICH (@Douglas_Aldrich) June 23, 2018
RIP Vinny Paul - way too soon!— Bjorn Englen (@BjornEnglen) June 23, 2018
Another rock n roll great has moved on to play the great gig in the sky. Thank you Vinnie Paul for influencing our incredible genre of music ??— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) June 23, 2018