Monday, August 27, 2018

Pantera: Vinnie Paul cause of death confirmed

A Las Vegas coroner has confirmed the cause of Pantera/Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul’s death in the city on June 22.

“Vincent Paul Abbott died from natural causes, specifically, dilated cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart),” said the family in a statement on social media. “Severe coronary artery disease was identified as a significant condition to the cause of death according to the official report submitted by the Clark County Coroner's office.

“We ask that you please continue to respect the privacy of the family and friends of Vinnie Paul. No further statement will be issued.”

Paul – who passed away in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at the age of 54 – was laid to rest during a private funeral service for friends and family in Arlington, TX on June 30.

The rocker was buried next to his brother, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in a custom Kiss Kasket provided by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley; Darrell had previously been buried in a similar casket as both were huge fans of the group.

A variety of rockers reportedly spoke at the ceremony, including longtime friend and Grim Reaper guitarist Nick Bowcott, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, among others.

The private service was followed by “A Public Celebration Of Life" event at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX on July 1, which was streamed live via Paul’s social media sites and can be seen in full here.

See also:

Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul laid to rest in Dallas
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