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Slayer plan Jeff Hanneman tribute

Jeff Hanneman
Image caption Jeff Hanneman died from alcohol-related liver failure

Metal band Slayer have announced that they are planning a public memorial for founding member Jeff Hanneman, who died last week at the age of 49.

The "celebration" of his life will include family, friends and fans, according to a statement on Facebook.

Slayer confirmed that the public would be invited to the event but have not yet announced a date or venue.

The band said they would still play their European tour this summer in honour of their "dear friend".

"We'll ALL be making noise together for our brother and dear friend Jeff", the statement said.

It was also confirmed that Hanneman died from alcohol-related liver failure, but the band said they had not been aware of the "true extent" of his condition.

"It appeared that he had been improving - he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record," they added.

Since 2011, Hanneman had also been suffering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that he is believed to have contracted from a spider bite.

Slayer, co-founded by Hanneman and guitarist Kerry King, became one of the "big four" thrash metal groups of the 1980s, along with Anthrax, Megadeth and Metallica.

Over the past three decades, the band released nine studio albums and performed thousands of live shows.

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