Widow Couldn't Stop Slayer's Jeff Hanneman From Drinking

06/24/2013
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(Classic Rock) Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman's widow has told how she tried and failed to wean him off his reliance on alcohol. He died in May aged 49 following severe health issues connected with his drinking. And Kathryn Hanneman, who was married to him for 24 years, reveals she even tried to change his behaviour by joining him.

She tells Guitar World: "I would express my concern and he would back off for a few months, but then he would go right back. I did notice that Jeff was relying on alcohol to start his day off but I couldn't say very much because I knew we'd wind up in a verbal confrontation.

"I did drink with him, sometimes quite heavily; I figured if I couldn't beat him, join him. But eventually I realised I couldn't go on like that, and if I stopped, I might be able to get him away from it too.

"But I couldn't. He just relied on it too much to get him through the day."

Meanwhile, Slayer frontman Tom Araya says Hanneman was finding it increasingly more difficult to perform even before the 2011 spider bite that was to contribute to his death. Read what Tom had to say here.

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Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission.

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