Vinne Paul, co-founder, and drummer of the band Pantera dies at 54

Vinne Paul was best known for being the drummer of band Pantera. The news about his death was announced on their official facebook page.

                            Vinne Paul, co-founder, and drummer of the band Pantera dies at 54
(L-R) Guitarist Jerry Cantrell, former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger (Source: Getty Images)

Vinne Paul, co-founder, and drummer of the band Pantera has passed away at 54. The news of his death was announced on the official Facebook page of the band. "Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away," read the post. "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." 

Prior to this, the singer was a member of supergroup Hellyeah. In 2003, co-founded the heavy metal band Damageplan along with his late younger brother, Dimebag Darrell. Born in Abilene, Texas, Vinnie always had an interest in music. 

The singer formed the band in 1981 with his brother Dimebag Darrell and Terry Glaze on guitars, bassist Tommy D. Bradford, and vocalist Donnie Hart. However, Donnie soon left the band and Terry took his position as a vocalist for the band.  In 1990, the band had been signed to Atco Records and released Cowboys from Hell. This release was said to be the turning point for them. 

Pantera's official disbandment took place in 2003. There were several reasons that led to this fallout but one of the greatest perhaps was the ongoing dispute between vocalist Phil Anselmo, who was recruited in 1987 and the Abbott brothers. This dispute grew so bitter that even after years of the band disbanding, the relationship between Phil and the brothers remained sore. However, after a couple of years, Phil expressed that he would like to bury the hatchet and that he wanted to work with Vinni again. 

The death of the singer has shocked the music industry with many taking to Twitter to express their sadness over the loss of the musician. "Absolutely stunned to hear the unbelievable news that Vinnie Paul @Pantera has died... I knew Vinnie well. Did my shows many times. A great drummer and music fan and always a blast to hang with. Beyond tragic. Can’t believe it," wrote talk show host and music expert, Eddie Trunk. 

"So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul. Loved when Pantera did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows. RIP and condolences to his family" wrote a fan. Another fan echoed similar sentiments. "I have just heard about the legend Vinnie Paul’s passing. I am beyond gutted about this as he welcomed me with open arms early in my musical career. Thank you for so many great memories and so many legendary songs. You will be truly missed." 

Canadian drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen also expressed his sadness on Vinny's passing. "R.I.P. Vinnie Paul. Such a sad day. He was one of my main drumming influences. He was too young to pass on in life... I hope he's already jamming up a storm with Dime. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones."