VINNIE PAUL: Video Footage, Photos Of 'A Public Celebration Of Life'

July 2, 2018

CBS DFW has uploaded a two-minute video report on the public memorial for Vinnie Paul Abbott, which was held on Sunday (July 1) at Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.

"We're not mourning Vinnie. Of course, the world is sad that he's gone… but Vinnie's memory will live on through his music," said Guy Sykes, former PANTERA tour manager.

"To me, Vinnie was as solid as a rock. He is the last person I ever expected to hear somebody say he passed away suddenly, for no reason," said 97.1 The Eagle's Cindy Scull.

According to the Forth Worth Star Telegram, the stage at "Vinnie Paul: A Public Celebration Of Life" was decorated with flowers from various rock stars and other celebrities, including Kid Rock, comedian Carrot Top, BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler and bands such as MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, DISTURBED, SLAYER and ALICE IN CHAINS. SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, sent an arrangement in the shape of a drum.

A brief video message from ex-PANTERA vocalist Philip Anselmo was played at the event, with Anselmo saying, "Vince, always have love in my heart for you, man. Rest in peace." It marked the first time Anselmo publicly commented on Vinnie Paul's death.

Sunday's public event also included emotional tributes from a number of Vinnie's fellow musicians, some of whom appeared in person while others sent short video speeches expressing their affection for the fallen drummer.

Vinnie passed away on June 22 at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54. The drummer's death "did not appear suspicious," according to the official police report. Sources close to Vinnie told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he suffered a "major heart attack," but that information has not been corroborated yet by an official source.

@cindyscull kicking off the #VinniePaul celebration of life! 🤘🏼

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