Vinnie Paul (Pantera), R.I.P.

Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul of Pantera has passed away.

The message was just posted to the Pantera Facebook page with the following as the only info that’s available right now:

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 please respect their privacy during this time.

Crazy to think that this guy started Pantera with his brother Dimebag Darrel. Think of what they did for metal music and the shape of music to come. Sad news. :(