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Dimebag Darrell Died 15 Years Ago Today

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Photo Credit: Rik Goldman via Wikimedia Commons

Fifteen years ago today, on December 8, 2004, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was shot and killed while on stage with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, OH.

Jeffrey “Mayhem” Thompson, Damageplan’s head of security, was also shot and killed while tackling the shooter. Nathan Bray, a fan, and Erik Halk, an employee of the venue, also lost their lives while attempting to aid Abbott and disarm the shooter. The shooter, Nathan Gale, was eventually shot by a police officer, bringing the death toll to five.

Regardless of your opinion of Pantera and its members, the shooting is a sobering reminder of the dangers of performing live music and the extent to which some fans will go to seek revenge on their heroes for perceived slights.

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