Eleven Seven Music Group — the hard rock label home to Vinnie Paul's band, Hellyeah — has released a statement following the death the prolific drummer.
Paul, known for co-founding Pantera and his work in Hellyeah and other acts, passed away at the age 54, which Pantera announced with a Facebook post early Saturday (June 23).
Numerous members the hard rock community, from Paul Stanley Kiss to a devastated Sebastian Bach to Anthrax's Scott Ian and more, have expressed their grief over the loss Paul on social media in the hours following the announcement.
Read Eleven Seven's statement in full below.
Vinnie Paul Abbott wasn’t just a drummer, he was an iconic fixture in the metal and hard rock community, a pioneer, and an absolute legend. He was a self taught drummer who went on to win many awards for his impeccable skills throughout his career.
A founding member Pantera, DamagePlan and his current band HellYeah, Vinnie was a vital force for bands and millions fans worldwide. Whether fans were turning their volume to 11 or headbanging their hearts out at live shows, Vinnie was an inspiration.
His most recent release, Hellyeah’s UNDEN!ABLE contained three hit singles, thanks to support from Sirius XM’s Octane. “All us at Octane are so broken hearted to hear the passing our brother Vinnie Paul. We sent love to his family, band members and fans. You will be missed. Thinking you reunited and rockin’ with Dime… Rest in Peace, Vinnie Paul Abbott”, Octane released in a statement.
Today, the world not only lost a legend, but also a genuine human being who lived to put a smile on the faces everyone he met. May he be reunited with his brother as we all strive to continue his legacy.
Eleven Seven Music is heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, bandmates, friends, and fans through this difficult time.