The death of legendary Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul “did not appear suspicious” according to the official report of the event recorded by Metropolitan Police officers, the Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting.
According to records of the event, officers were dispatched to a dead-body call at 5:41 p.m. Friday on the 6900 block of Procyon Street (Paul lived on Procyon). Medical personnel were summoned, and Paul was pronounced dead at the scene.
Metro spokeswoman Laura Meltzer added that responding officers did not take such further action as calling homicide detectives to the scene, further indication that Paul was considered medically deceased.
The Clark County coroner’s office has since picked up the investigation into the cause and manner of Paul’s death. The founder of the bands Pantera and Hellyeah died at age 54. Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said today that official cause of Paul’s death is still pending and would likely take several days to be issued.
Late Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul told Metal Hammer in an interview that he wanted Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction played at his funeral.
“I’d really want to choose an album that was a goddamn good time, like fuckin’ Guns N’ Roses. I’d want people to celebrate what we’ve done and the fact that we’d had a great life. I wouldn’t want my funeral to be a sad, sappy thing. I’d have the whole album, but ‘Paradise City’ and ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ would give off a positive vibe.”