Vinnie Paul, real name Vincent Paul Abbott, has died at the age of 54.
The cause of death has not yet been reported.
Pantera shared the devastating news of Vinnie’s death with their fans on their Facebook page.
They wrote: “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.”
Vinnie, who was born in Texas, formed metal band Pantera in the 1980s along with his brother guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.
They received Grammy nominations for four of their hit songs; I’m Broken, Suicide Note Pt. I, Cemetery Gates and Revolution Is My Name.
The Abbot brothers went on to form a new band, Damageplan.
In December 2004, Vinnie’s brother Dimebag Darell was shot dead onstage in Columbus, Ohio.
After the death of his brother Darrell, the group disbanded and Vinnie took an 18-month hiatus, unsure whether he would return to music after his brother’s death.
Vinnie eventually went on to join heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah.
As of 2016, the group had released five albums with the latest being Unden!able.
Since the news of Vinnie’s death, many musicians have paid tribute.
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, another leading metal band, wrote on Twitter: “I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away.
“Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me. Rest In Peace, my dear friend.”
Paul Stanley, lead singer of rock group KISS, wrote: “So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul.
“Loved when Pantera did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows.
“RIP and condolences to his family.”