Pantera Co-Founder and Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead at Age 54
Late Friday night, Pantera used their Facebook page to announce the news of Vinnie Paul's unexpected death. The co-founder and drummer for Pantera was 54 years old.
CNN recounted how Paul helped formed Pantera in the 1980s with his late brother, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott:
Paul formed Pantera in the 1980s along with his brother guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Their father was Jerry Abbott, a country and western songwriter and producer.>The band was nominated for Grammys in 1995 and 2001. Pantera's third release, "Far Beyond Driven," debuted at No. 1 in 1994.
Numerous tributes to Paul and Pantera have been posted on social media: