Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Official Cause of Death Finally Revealed

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Vinnie Paul — Pantera’s drummer and one of the original founders of the band — died from a bad heart … TMZ has learned.

The Clark County Coroner tells TMZ that Vinnie died of dilated cardiomyopathy — an enlarged heart — as well as severe coronary artery disease — a heart condition. TMZ are told he died of natural causes.

On June 22, 2018, Abbott died at his Las Vegas, Nevada home, of what a friend called a massive heart attack, at the age of 54. News of his death was initially released on the official Pantera Facebook page, stating only his association with bands Pantera, Damageplan, and Hellyeah, along with a statement requesting that the privacy of his family be respected.

Five days before his death, Abbott’s final performance took place at The Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel and Resort at Las Vegas. Following his death, tributes from all over the metal community began pouring in, including members of Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Megadeth, Alice in Chains, Lamb of God, Periphery, Slipknot, The Acacia Strain, In Flames, and many others. He is buried beside his mother, Carolyn and brother, Darrell at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas.

The night before his death Abbott attended a Tantric concert in Las Vegas, making it his last concert.

  • Katie

    My only hope is that Vinnie passed in his sleep, quietly, so that his psyche did not have to be aware of what his body was experiencing. I only say this because I experienced severe heart damage from a massive Pulmonary Embolism in May 2017. It was way scary and I never wish to go through that again. Rest In Peace Vinnie Paul, you are at last with your Brother Dime. <3

    • Trovoid

      Oh my god, Katie. I didn’t know you went through that! As if May 2017 wasn’t bad enough as it was 🙁

      You are such a sweet person and I wish you the best in regards to your health.

      • Katie

        Awww… thanks Trovoid. 🙂 <3
        Yeah – May 2017 totally sucked. 1st – I'm walking into work May 2nd and almost collapsed… I sat down at the picnic tables. My heart rate was insane, like 175. I knew I had to go to the ER, so I walked in the building up the back stairs, another one hit. I was in the heart tower for 5 days.
        Then Chris Cornell passes on May 18th, then Gregg Allman passed on May 27th… I was so depressed. Sacred… and depressed. 🙁
        They made me stay on the Coumadin (blood thinner) for 18 months because none of the physicians could figure out WHY it happened. So one day I'm talking with my pharmacist (who originally went to school to become an anesthesiologist), and he starts asking me all of these specific questions. Ends up — I have a severe Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) which I've probably had since I was born.
        For years I donated blood (units of red cells) to the American Red Cross – and then I discovered that if I donated platelets via a platelet phoresis machine that donating platelets give immediate help to cancer patients and burn victims so I was like: "Hell yeah! Sign me up!"
        Well, every time I went the technicians freaked out because they always would be able to get 3 full units of platelets off of me. They said getting 2 units off of a football linebacker was rare. I didn't really pay attention… I was just happy to help people suffering way more than me – you know?
        Turns out… the combination of a severe Arrhythmia with a genetic disposition for producing an over-abundance of platelets [thus rendering your blood to the consistency of pudding (eww)] left a time-bomb in me – waiting to explode.
        For years I've been walking these mountains in WNC – like 30 years of walking. I always bitched because I NEVER lost weight. Then the pulmonologist informed me that the 30 years of strenuous walking is EXACTLY why I didn't drop dead when the first embolism hit. My heart took the punch. So… Jesus/God/dess answered my question.
        Funny enough – I've dropped nearly 50 pounds since May. lol!!!
        FINALLY – I lose the weight, two weeks before I turn 60.
        :::sighs::: Oh well – breathing Rocks. heh
        Thanks for reading all of this and for your sweet concern. you're a love.
        ~K

        • Trovoid

          That’s very selfless of you to help others by donating blood like that. Thanks for sharing this story despite the sadness behind it. I’m glad you are okay. It’s honestly terrifying to think how long something can go undiagnosed like that. There’s a reason why I’m a huge hypochondriac!! Congrats on the weight loss. And yes it sounds like staying on the blood thinner is your best bet. Whether it’s the digital world or real life I want to know that everyone is doing okay.

          Rest in peace to all of them. I’m still so devastated about Chris. I think about him every day and it hasn’t gotten much easier. At least we have the music (which I listen to constantly).