Fans Gather Outside DIMEBAG's Dallas Home, Pay Tribute To Fallen Guitarist

December 9, 2004

WFAA-TV is reporting that fans mourning the death of slain DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott gathered outside his home in Dalworthington Gardens this morning (photo),looking for ways to pay tribute to the Grammy-nominated artist.

Fans left flags, signs and flowers outside the home of Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Abbott was shot and killed Wednesday night as he performed at a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. The gunman killed three other people before he was shot dead by a police officer.

"You are the people's rock star," read one hand-lettered sign left outside Abbott's residence along with flags and floral tributes.

"Not enough can be said for his music or for him as a person," said DAMAGEPLAN fan and neighbor Dave Bingham. "When they moved here, he was just really down to earth."

"We all know where Dime lives," Jon Clegg said. "We all drive by sometimes because he's got the coolest Halloween lights, the coolest Christmas lights. I mean, we all loved Dimebag. We just want to pay our respects. It's almost like losing a family member."

Fan reaction filled the airwaves on classic rock radio station KDBN-FM (99.3 The Bone) as word spread of the nightclub violence. "I was really, really shocked to hear it, man," one caller said. "It was a real downer, man."

"This situation hits us pretty close to home, because all of us have spent time with Dimebag," disc jockey Humble Billy Hayes told his listeners.

"This is a huge tragedy for the music world."

The Bone planned a radio tribute to Abbott at 11 p.m. Thursday.

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