Jeffrey John “Jeff” Hanneman was stuck by a Necrotizing fasciitis (NF), also known as flesh-eating bacteria syndrome or flesh-eating disease, a very rate infection which damages deeper layers of skin. I will not go into details, but it looks really nasty.
As online sources state Jeff is free from it but still needs some time for rehabilitation. In his interview to Billboard.com, Tom Araya, Slayer’s bassist, said it was a really great ordeal for Jeff, but he was working on his playing ability.
The truth is that he can play now, but for a very short period of time and full recovery will not happen soon. Jeff got not only skin but too muscles and nerves damage so his playing ability will not come back easily. Jeff is facing really hard times now and I wish him strength to come over it. We love Slayer, we love what Jeff does and we are sure we will hear him performing even better than before. What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.
Jeff Hannerman was born in 1964, he is not only a lead guitarist and founding member of the band, but too musical and lyrical contributor. He wrote such songs as “Angel of Death”, “Raining Blood” and “South of Heaven” which are played at almost every live concert of the Slayer band.