Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul died of severe coronary artery disease and an enlarged heart
Vinnie Paul was the drummer and one of the founding members of Pantera. He died in June earlier this year
Vinnie Paul, who was the drummer as well as one of the founding members of Pantera, apparently died of a bad heart, reports TMZ. As per the publication, the Clark County Coroner told them that Vinnie died of dilated cardiomyopathy, which is the medical lingo for an enlarged heart.
According to the coroner's office, Vinnie suffered from a severe coronary artery disease along with having an enlarged heart. It was due to these medical issues that the drummer lost his life. His death has been ruled as one due to natural causes.
As has been previously reported, Vinnie died in his sleep in June this year at his home in Las Vegas. According to reports, his body was to be buried in Texas next to his mother and late brother "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who had been murdered on stage during a show.
The publication reports that Vinnie, who passed away at the age of 54, was laid to rest in a custom KISS casket, which was pretty much identical to the one that his brother had been buried in. The custom-made casket was gifted to the family by Gene Simmons and co. as a small token of their love and affection for the musician.
Vinnie was buried with some of his belongings which included one of his hats, shoes, and flannel, among other items. It was also reported that a free public memorial concert was held for him in Dallas at 3:33 PM.
Pantera used to be a hugely popular heavy metal band in the '90s, and they were even nominated for Grammys in 1995 and 2001. Their album 'Far Beyond Driven' hit #1 in 1994.