Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dies aged 54:
Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of the metal band Pantera, has died aged 54, the group declared on Facebook.
“Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away,” a statement said.
There was no cause of death given.
Paul started Pantera in 1981 together with his brother,”Dimebag” Darrell Abbott – the pair were sons to the country-western producer Jerry Abbott. The group had a number one album in 1994 and earned four Grammy nominations, but disbanded in 2003 amid rumors of a rift.
Paul said at the time the breakup was a result of the group’s singer, Phil Anselmo, wanting to move on.