The metal band Pantera says drummer and co-founder Vinnie Paul is dead. The band said on its Facebook page Friday that Vincent Paul Abbott has passed away at the age of 54. Abbott formed Pantera in the 1980s with his brother, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who died in 2004. Tributes for Vinnie Paul are pouring in from rock stars. Dave Mustaine of Megadeath tweeted, “Another metal hero taken too soon.” Papa Roach called him “the nicest guy in metal.” Paul Stanley of KISS gave his condolences to the Abbott family.
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