Legendary rocker and drummer Vinnie Paul from the bands Hellyeah and Pantera was discovered deceased in his bed at 54, on the morning of June 22. Paul formed Pantera in 1982 alongside his brother,“ Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and Rex Brown. The definitive lineup was completed when Phil Anselmo joined them in 1987. They split acrimoniously in 2003, and the Abbott brothers went on to form Damageplan. That band ended when Dimebag was shot dead on stage in 2004. In 2006 Paul created Hellyeah, who went on to release five albums together, the most recent being 2016’s Unden!able.
Vinnie Paul has been a staple of the rock music industry. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and loved his music.
RIP Vinnie Paul.