Drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott , co-founder of metal bands Pantera, Damageplan, and Hellyeah, has died. Currently a member of Hellyeah, Vinnie Paul was 54. His rep confirmed the news with Billboard and added there is no more details at this time on the cause of death. Born March 11, 1964 VP found stardom behind the drum kit and his brother Dime Bag Darrell became a guitar legend. Following Pantera’s disbanding, the Abbott brothers formed Damageplan in 2003. The band was performing on Dec. 3, 2004, when Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed onstage during a concert in Columbus, Ohio by an estranged fan Nathan Gale. VP took some time off to grieve the tragic loss of his brother and resurfaced with the band Hellyeah along with Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray.
This is a tragedy that we have now lost both the Abbot brothers. They have inspired fans, musicians, and bands around the world, to them we owe an infinite amount of gratitude. Our thoughts go out to his family, band mates, crew and fans. Rest In Power Vinnie Paul Abbott born March 11, 1964 – June 22 2018.