He was 54 years old.
Vinnie Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.
The group enjoyed mainstream success with second lead singer Phil Anselmo.
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Alice Cooper Tweeted the following:
“Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans.”
And then there was this from Slash:
“He was one of the warmest people I knew. A truly good fun friend. We’re going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. RIP buddy.”
And this from Bret Michaels:
“Vinnie – You will be missed! You were an amazing human being we had many great times together. A toast to you my friend, my prayers are with you!”
And this from Dave Mustaine of Megadeth:
“I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me.
“Rest In Peace, my dear friend.”
As we said above, we do not know how Paul died right now or even on which day.
We’ll update this story with more information and news as it breaks,
May Vinnie Paul rest in peace.