On June 22nd, the music world was saddened by the news that Vinnie Paul Abbott, better known as Vinnie Paul, had passed away. The drummer/co-founder of cult favorite Texas-native groove metal outfit, Pantera, died in his sleep in his Las Vegas home after an apparent cardiac episode. He was 54 years old.
Now, a coroner’s report into Pauls death has determined that the drummer died as a result of a pre-existing heart condition, reports Las Vegas’ KTNV. According to the Clark County Coroners Paul suffered from “dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition which restricts the heart’s ability to pump blood, as well as a severe coronary artery disease.
As a representative from Vinnie’s camp explained in a statement,
Vincent Paul Abbott died from natural causes, specifically, dilated cardiomyopathy. Severe coronary artery disease was identified as a significant condition to the cause of death according to the official report submitted by the Clark County Coroner’s office. We ask that you please continue to respect the privacy of the family and friends of Vinnie Paul. No further statement will be issued.
Vinnie’s untimely death compounded the lingering feelings of loss felt by friends, family, and fans since his brother and Pantera co-founder, Dimebag Darrell, was shot and killed along with several others when a gunman climbed onstage and opened fire during a performance by their post-Pantera project, Damageplan.
On Saturday, June 30th, thousands of fans gathered for a public memorial service in his native Texas at Dallas’ The Bomb Factory. The public memorial featured a video tribute from former Pantera singer Phil Anselmo, who had been estranged from Abbott for many years prior to his passing. In his first comments on Abbott’s death, Anselmo said, “Vince, always have love in my heart for you, man. Rest in peace.” Watch footage of the entire memorial service below:
Vinnie Paul Public Memorial Service
[Video: Rock Feed]
Countless musicians paid their respects and honored Vinnie Paul in the days following his death. Among that group was Umphrey’s McGee, who debuted a cover of Pantera’s “Walk” to close their Atlantic City show the weekend following Paul’s passing.
[H/T Rolling Stone]