On May 2, Slayer fans were devastated to learn that guitarist Jeff Hanneman had died at the age of 49. He passed away in a Los Angeles hospital at around 11 a.m., with his wife Kathy by his side.
Hanneman's official cause of death was liver failure, but in a strange twist, news of his untimely demise has turned to focus on a spider bite he'd suffered two years ago. According to Slayer's spokeswoman, Hanneman had been recovering from a rare flesh-eating infection caused by the bite, and that the infection may have caused the chronic liver disease responsible for his death. Others are theorizing that his liver was damaged from a far more common cause, and that blaming a spider is masking the true culprit.