Pantera Legend Vinnie Paul Dead at 54

Pantera Legend Vinnie Paul Dead at 54

Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of Pantera, as well as a member of Damageplan and Hellyeah, has died.

'The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time'.

The band confirmed Paul's death in a post. With Vinnie Paul's thunderous fills and precision attack in ideal unison with Dime's lean riffing, the band dominated the '90s and paved the way for more extreme music to enter the consciousness of the mainstream.

'No further details are available at this time.

Paul was born in March 11, 1964 in Abilene, Texas.

Over the course of 22 years, the band released nine albums, including 1994 U.S. Billboard 200 chart-topper Far Beyond Driven.

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His brother "Dimebag" Darrell died in 2006.

The band was nominated for Grammys in 1995 and 2001, and Pantera's third LP, Far Beyond Driven, debuted at number one in the United States back in 1994.

Paul, who played the drums for the popular heavy metal band, passed away on Friday night, the band announced on Facebook.

His brother, Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell, was shot and killed while performing on stage in 2004.

The band also includes Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.

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