Vinnie Paul, a co-founder and former drummer with metal band Pantera, has died. He was also a member of Hellyeah, Paul was aged 54. According to Billboard ‘representatives confirmed the drummer’s death but added that no further details are available at this time.’
A statement on the Pantera Facebook page read, ‘Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. 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.’
Alongside his brother, Dimebag Darrell, Paul who was born Vincent Paul Abbott formed Pantera in 1981. The band found commercial success with their second lead singer Phil Anselmo. Pantera earned four Grammy nominations and charted nine albums on the Billboard 200, including their 1994 album Far Beyond Driven, which debuted at No. 1 on the chart.
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