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Vinnie Paul died of natural causes, coroner rules

By | Published on Tuesday 28 August 2018

Vinnie Paul

Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul died of natural causes, a coroner’s report states.

According to Las Vegas broadcaster KTNV, the primary cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood effectively. Another contributing factor was severe coronary artery disease.

Paul died, aged 54, in June this year. An initial statement gave no indication as to the cause of death.

Real name Vincent Paul Abbott, the drummer formed Pantera with his guitarist brother Dimebag Darrell Abbott in 1981. After the band split in 2003, the brothers formed new band Damageplan and released an album the following year. However, in 2004, Darrell was shot and killed on stage at a show in Ohio.

More recently, Vinnie Paul had been performing with Hellyeah, a band also featuring Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.