Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul has passed away at the age of 54.

Paul, a founding member of Pantera, passed away overnight, with no further details surrounding the circumstances of his death having been made available at this point in time.

Pantera paid tribute to Paul in a statement shared to Facebook. It reads: “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.

Paul formed Pantera together with his brother Dimebag Darrel in the early 1980s, with the seminal metal band going on to become a pivotal force in the world of hard rock, laying the foundations for many to follow in their footsteps. We’d like to extend our condolences to Paul’s family, friends and musical colleagues at this difficult moment.