Horrible news coming overnight that legendary drummer Vinnie Paul – co-founder of Pantera and more recently holding the beat for Hellyeah has passed away.

The announcement came via Facebook:

Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away, Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

No other details were available at the time of this posting.

The metal world has lost a titan.

24 May 2014, San Antonio, Texas, USA — Vinnie Paul with Hellyeah performs during River City Rockfest at the AT&T Center on May 24, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Manuel Nauta/NurPhoto) — Image by © Manuel Nauta/NurPhoto/Corbis