Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul’s Bandmate Describes ‘Anger’ And ‘Confusion’

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Hellyeah guitarist Tom Maxwell, who has played with Vinnie Paul since the band formed in 2006, said in a statement about the passing of his bandmate: “Just so broken-hearted and in shock. I’m struggling to write this but we want to thank you all for your kind words and support in this tragic time.

“We don’t have much info to give you other then Vinnie is now with Dime and they are together in a better place.

“Sadness, shock, confusion, anger, despair. We feel it all together.

“Hug your loved ones and keep them close.

“Thank you all again for all your love.

“Vinnie will be and is greatly loved and missed but his music will live forever.

“Crank it loud today and scream to the heavens so he can hear you.”

Alice Cooper has tweeted, “Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans.”

Zakk Wylde tweeted, “GOD BLESS VINNIE PAUL – 1964-2O18 – FATHER VINNIE,Your Compassion for others & Your Love for seeing everyone around you Happy I will never forget – Your Heart of Gold Made The World a Better Place – Go be w/Your BELOVED BROTHER – I LOVE YOU – tBLSt SDMF.”