Recent deaths in the world of rock have left me feeling pretty sad.
I found out recently that Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and one of the founding members of the metal band Slayer, died from complications caused by a spider bite. I’m not necessarily a huge Slayer fan, but I do recognize and have a healthy respect for how important they were (and still are) to the metal genre and to rock music in general. In the 80’s, Slayer was one of what is called the Big Four (along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax) and were an integral band that shaped heavy music into what it is today. He was 49.
On April 13, Chi Cheng, the bass player from Deftones, died after a four-year struggle following a car crash that left him in a coma. Deftones were one of the best rock bands of the late 90’s and early 2000’s and were fusing metal with rap before it became popular and was given a name (nu metal). He was 42.
And last, but definitely not least, is Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys. This one is particularly painful given how long-lasting and deeply influential the Beastie Boys were. This one really knocked me on my butt when I heard about it. He had been battling cancer of the salivary glands. He died last year at the age of 47.
Rest in peace, gentleman. You won’t be forgotten.