Vinnie Paul, Pantera drummer and co-founder, dies at 54

Lawrence Kim
June 23, 2018

Vinnie Paul, the legendary drummer and co-founder of Texas metal band Pantera, has died at the age of 54.

"Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away", the band said in a statement. Throughout its career, Pantera earned four Grammy nominations and charted nine albums on the Billboard 200, including its 1994 album Far Beyond Driven, which debuted at No. 1 on the chart.

Vinnie formed Pantera with his late brother Dimebag Darrell in 1981.

Born in Texas, Paul credited his Lone Star roots for his powerful groove.

Since 2006, Paul been performing on drums for the heavy metal band Hellyeah, featuring Mudvayne singer Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell. Abbott was shot in the head multiple times by a deranged fan.

We are continuing to search sites for info because we really wish this was a hoax. A truly good & fun friend.

"Rest in peace, Vinnie", Gene Simmons, bassists and co-founder of stadium rock giants Kiss wrote on Twitter. With Vinnie Paul's thunderous fills and precision attack in flawless unison with Dime's lean riffing, the band dominated the '90s and paved the way for more extreme music to enter the consciousness of the mainstream.

RIP Vinnie Paul. Hope you're up there knocking back black tooth grins at the pearly gates with Dime.

"Loved when Pantera did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows". "Devastated to hear the news of the passing of the great Vinnie Paul (sic.)", he wrote. "We'll miss you Vinnie".

Following Pantera's dissolution in 2003, Paul and Darrell formed Damageplan.

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