Heavy metal band Pantera’s drummer and co-founder Vinnie Paul is dead, the group announced on Facebook. The Texas-born musician died at age 54 on Friday evening, but no cause of death has been given, reports The Guardian.

Paul formed Pantera in 1981 with his brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and went on to earn four Grammy nominations and a No 1 album in the US in 1994. Pantera disbanded in 2003 following reports of a rift in the group and its singer’s intention to leave.



In a statement on Pantera’s Facebook page, the group wrote, “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. “No further details are available at this time. The family requests you to please respect their privacy during this time.”

Artistes from the music world paid tribute to Paul. Here’s what they wrote…



Pantera’s platinum-selling album “Vulgar Display of Power” is considered one of the most influential heavy metal albums of the 1990s. It sold over 2 million copies. Paul and Abbott formed a new band Damageplan in 2004 after Pantera disbanded. But the latter was murdered by a gunman during a concert in Columbus, Ohio, later that year.