Heavy metal guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died of liver failure.

Hanneman’s band Slayer announced the news on its Facebook page on Thursday night.

The 49-year-old, who died at a South California hospital, had been suffering from a flesh-eating disease believed to have been contracted from a spider bite in 2011.

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Jeff Hanneman has died of liver failure aged 49

Hanneman had been recovering after nearly losing his arm after failing to seek immediate treatment following the bite. It is unknown if this played a part in his death.

The official Slayer website today paid tribute to: “Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace.”

Hanneman cofounded the band in Huntington Beach, California, in 1982.

Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy told the Associated Press: "The music industry has lost a true trailblazer, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his bandmates and fans around the world who mourn his untimely passing."

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Hanneman's death was announced on the Slayer Facebook page

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  • Slayer

    This 2009 publicity photo provided courtesy of Slayer shows, from left, Dave Lombardo, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman and Tom Araya. Hanneman, 49, a founding member of the heavy metal band Slayer, has died. Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald says Hanneman died Thursday morning, May 2, 2013, of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital with his wife, Kathy, by his side. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Slayer, Mark Seliger)

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musicians Gary Holt(L) and Kerry King of Slayer perform onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax Perform At The Gibson Amphitheatre

    UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 21: Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs at the Gibson Amphitheatre on October 21, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 20: Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman performs during the Jagermeister Fall Music Tour at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort October 20, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 1st Annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards

    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman and Dave Lombardo of Slayer arrive at the 1st Annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards at the Club Nokia on April 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

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    LONDON - AUGUST 24: (L to R) Kerry King, Dave Lombardo, Jeff Hanneman and Tom Araya of band Slayer arrive at the Kerrang! Awards 2005, the annual music magazine's prestigious awards, at The Brewery on August 24, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

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    LEICESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage on at the third and final day of this year's Download Festival at Donington Park, Castle Donington on June 12, 2005 in Leicestershire, England. The annual rock festival features over 90 acts on three stages over three days. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

  • Download Festival Day 3

    DONINGTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage on day three of the Download Festival on June 12, 2005 in Donington Park, England. (Photo by Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images)

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    DONINGTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage on day three of the Download Festival on June 12, 2005 in Donington Park, England. (Photo by Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images)

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Gary Holt(L) and Kerry King of Slayer perform as part of The Big 4 Festival at the Empire Polo Fields on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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    STEVENAGE, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 01: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage during the final day of the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House on August 1, 2010 in Stevenage, England. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns)

  • Sonisphere Festival 2010 - Day 3

    STEVENAGE, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 01: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage during the final day of the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House on August 1, 2010 in Stevenage, England. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns)

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    STEVENAGE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage during the final day of Sonisphere Festival 2010 at Knebworth House on August 1, 2010 in Stevenage, England. (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns)

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    STEVENAGE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King of Slayer perform on stage during the final day of Sonisphere Festival 2010 at Knebworth House on August 1, 2010 in Stevenage, England. (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns)

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    KNEBWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 01: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage on day 3 of Sonisphere Festival on August 1, 2010 in Knebworth, England. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Getty Images)

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    LONG BEACH, CA - AUGUST 30: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs at The Long Beach Convention Center on August 30, 2010 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 20: Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman performs during the Jagermeister Fall Music Tour at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort October 20, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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    LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 12: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs at Freedom Hall on October 12, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 20: Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman (R) of Slayer perform with the band during the American Carnage Tour at the UIC Pavilion on August 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 20: Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman (R) of Slayer perform with the band during the American Carnage Tour at the UIC Pavilion on August 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 20: Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman (R) of Slayer perform with the band during the American Carnage Tour at the UIC Pavilion on August 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)

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    GERMANY - NOVEMBER 18: ZENITH Photo of SLAYER and Jeff HANNEMAN, Jeff Hanneman performing on stage (Photo by Stefan M. Prager/Redferns)

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    NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 07: HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL Photo of SLAYER and Kerry KING and Jeff HANNEMAN, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman performing live onstage (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

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    GERMANY - NOVEMBER 18: ZENITH Photo of SLAYER and Jeff HANNEMAN and Kerry KING, Kerry King (L) and Jeff Hanneman performing on stage (Photo by Stefan M. Prager/Redferns)

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    BERLIN - NOVEMBER 19: Guitarist Jeff Hanneman of the US-American Thrash Metal band 'Slayer' performs live during a concert at the Columbiahalle on November 19, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. The concert is part of the 2008 tour. (Photo by Jakubaszek/Getty Images)

  • Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival - Wheatland, CA

    WHEATLAND, CA - JULY 10: Jeff Hanneman (L) and Kerry King of Slayer perform as part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour opener at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on July 10, 2009 in Wheatland, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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    UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 28: CIVIC HALL Photo of SLAYER and Jeff HANNEMAN, Jeff Hanneman performing on stage (Photo by Steve Thorne/Redferns)

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    LISBON - JULY 09: Guitarist Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs during the SuperBock SuperRock festival on July 9, 2008 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Rui M. Leal/Getty Images)

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    UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 28: CIVIC HALL Photo of SLAYER and Jeff HANNEMAN, Jeff Hanneman performing on stage (Photo by Steve Thorne/Redferns)

  • Unholy Alliance Tour Chapter III At The Hammersmith Apollo

    LONDON - OCTOBER 30: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage as The Unholy Alliance Tour Chapter III comes to The Hammersmith Apollo on October 30, 2008 in London (Photo by Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images)

  • Unholy Alliance Tour Chapter III At The Hammersmith Apollo

    LONDON - OCTOBER 30: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage as The Unholy Alliance Tour Chapter III comes to The Hammersmith Apollo on October 30, 2008 in London (Photo by Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images)

  • Unholy Alliance Tour Chapter III At The Hammersmith Apollo

    LONDON - OCTOBER 30: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage as The Unholy Alliance Tour Chapter III comes to The Hammersmith Apollo on October 30, 2008 in London (Photo by Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images)

  • Unholy Alliance Tour Chapter III At The Hammersmith Apollo

    LONDON - OCTOBER 30: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs on stage as The Unholy Alliance Tour Chapter III comes to The Hammersmith Apollo on October 30, 2008 in London (Photo by Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images)

  • Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival - Wheatland, CA

    WHEATLAND, CA - JULY 10: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs as part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour opener at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on July 10, 2009 in Wheatland, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

  • Slayer Perform At The Manchester Academy

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs at Manchester Academy on May 30, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)

  • Slayer Perform At Manchester Academy

    MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 30: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer perform on stage at Manchester Academy on May 30, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns)

  • Rock Im Park - Day 4

    NUREMBERG, GERMANY - JUNE 06: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer performs at day 4 at Rock Im Park at Zeppelinfeld on June 6, 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo by Sandy Caspers/Redferns)

  • Slayer Perform At Manchester Academy

    MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 30: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer perform on stage at Manchester Academy on May 30, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns)

  • Photo of Jeff HANNEMAN and SLAYER

    UNSPECIFIED - AUGUST 01: Photo of Jeff HANNEMAN and SLAYER; Jeff Hanneman - posed (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)

  • Photo of Jeff HANNEMAN and SLAYER

    UNSPECIFIED - AUGUST 01: Photo of Jeff HANNEMAN and SLAYER; Jeff Hanneman - posed (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)

  • Photo of Kerry KING and Jeff HANNEMAN and Tom ARAYA and Dave LOMBARDO and SLAYER

    UNSPECIFIED - AUGUST 01: Photo of Kerry KING and Jeff HANNEMAN and Tom ARAYA and Dave LOMBARDO and SLAYER; L-R: Dave Lombardo, Tom Araya, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King - posed, group shot (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)

  • Photo of SLAYER and Dave LOMBARDO and Tom ARAYA and Jeff HANNEMAN and Kerry KING

    UNSPECIFIED - AUGUST 01: Photo of SLAYER and Dave LOMBARDO and Tom ARAYA and Jeff HANNEMAN and Kerry KING; L-R: Dave Lombardo, Kerry King, Tom Araya, Jeff Hanneman - posed, group shot (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)

  • Slayer "Unholy Alliance Tour" at Cobo Arena - July 6, 2006

    Jeff Hanneman of Slayer during Slayer 'Unholy Alliance Tour' at Cobo Arena - July 6, 2006 at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan, United States. (Photo by Paul Warner/WireImage)


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