Updated: June 5, 2013 6:22AM
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 Robinson-Fitzgerald said Mr. Hanneman 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,” 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 Mr. Hanneman’s liver. AP