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Vinnie Paul, drummer of metal band Pantera, dies at age 54

Vinnie Paul has died at the age of 54.

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Vinnie Paul, the drummer and co-founder of the metal band Pantera, has died at the age of 54.

Pantera announced Paul’s death on the band’s Facebook page on Friday.

“Vincent Paul Abbott (aka Vinnie Paul died. Paul is best known for his work as a drummer in bands Pantera and Hellyeah. There are no further details available at this time. The family requests that you respect their privacy during this time,” the statement read.

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Paul and his brother Dimebag Darrell formed the legendary metal band in 1981, and the Billboard reported. The band was nominated for four Grammy awards and had nine albums making the Billboard 200.

The band’s 1994 album “Far Beyond” reached number one on the Billboard chart. “Walk” and “Cemetery Gates” are two of the band’s most famous songs.

After the band broke up in 2003, Paul and his brother formed Damageplan. In 2004, the band was performing in Columbus, Ohio, as Darrell was shot and killed.

Paul was also the drummer of the heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah. The band also included Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Tom Maxwell of Nothingface.

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Paul, a Texas native previously said his music was inspired by his birthplace.

“The Texas thing is part of growing up on a healthy dose of ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan, but I was also a metal-head from day one. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Van Halen, all of my favorite bands was really a party of their music,” said Paul OnlineDrummer.com in an interview a few years ago.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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