Drummer Vinnie Paul of Pantera Has Died

Paul, who was 54, was also known for his work as a drummer for the metal band Hellyeah.

His representatives confirmed the legendary drummer's death to Billboard. No further details are available at this time.

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Paul formed Pantera along with his brother, guitarist Darrell Abbott, and bassist Rex Brown in 1981. "The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time." .

Pantera's third release, "Far Beyond Driven", debuted at No. 1 in 1994. Their two subsequent follow-ups, 1996's The Greatest Southern Trendkill and 2000's Reinventing the Soul, both cracked the top five. The band was nominated for four Grammys and sold over nine million albums before they disbanded in 2003.

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If you followed Pantera, you'd know that in 2003 the Abbott brothers formed Damage Plan and the following year Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage during a Columbus, Ohio concert.

Tragedy struck later that year when Dimebag was shot and killed onstage during a Damageplan gig in OH on December 8 by gunman Nathan Gale, who also killed three more people and injured seven others that night. In 2006, Paul teamed up with Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell as Hellyeah.

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Paul was born in March 11, 1964 in Abilene, Texas.

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