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Vinnie Paul News Round-Up: Cause of Death Reports, Tributes From Bandmates

As fans wait to learn from autopsy reports what Vinnie Paul Abbott’s cause of death was over the weekend, some reports are already surfacing.

Per the Las Vegas Review-Journal, sources close to Vinnie Paul have said he “suffered a major heart attack.”   Before this information was published, all that was reported on Vinnie Paul’s death came via TMZ, which said the drummer died in his sleep.

So far, there’s no word as to when findings from the autopsy will be released.

In other Vinnie Paul news:  Many tributes poured in in the wake of his sudden passing, including from HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell who wrote the following touching message on the band’s Facebook page:

Former Pantera bandmates Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo also shared their grief with the loss of their friend, with Brown sharing the following:

REX BROWN on Twitter

The last few days have been very difficult & painful. At this time, I need more time to process my feelings. Thank you for all the love that has been sent. A formal press release will be coming shortly. Rest In Peace Brother Vinnie!

Anselmo, meanwhile, shared a lit candle to his Instagram with no caption.

Instagram post by Philip H Anselmo * Jun 24, 2018 at 2:18am UTC

64.8k Likes, 2,741 Comments - Philip H Anselmo (@philiphanselmo) on Instagram

Chelsey Yeager, Vinnie Paul’s longtime girlfriend, also shared the following to her Instagram account, which has since been set to private:

"I want to thank each & every one of you guys for sending your love! Please please give me & all of our family/friends time. I can't begin to describe the pain in my heart from this nightmare... I have absolutely no other words."


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.