I can't believe this
Former Pantera Guitarist Killed on Stage
Former Pantera Guitarist Killed by Gunman on Stage in
Ohio; Five Dead, Including Gunman
COLUMBUS, Ohio Dec 9, 2004 — A gunman charged onstage
at a packed nightclub and opened fire on the band and
the crowd, killing top heavy metal guitarist "Dimebag"
Darrell Abbott and three other people before a police
officer shot him to death, authorities and witnesses
Columbus police department spokeswoman Sherry Mercurio
identified three of the victims of Wednesday's
shooting as Abbott, guitarist with the heavy metal
rock band Damageplan, and two other men, Nathan Bray
and Erin Halk.
Damageplan had just begun their first song at the
Alrosa Villa when the man opened fire, first targeting
Abbott, shooting him multiple times at point-blank
range, a witness said.
Abbott, 38, one of metal's top guitarists, and his
brother, Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, were
original members of Grammy-nominated thrash rock
pioneers Pantera, one of the most popular metal bands
of the early 1990s.