Dimebag Darrell

American guitarist and songwriter, founding member of Pantera and Damageplan

Darrell Lance Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004), also called Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American heavy metal musician. He was best known for performing with the bands Pantera and Damageplan. He was #92 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists and #1 in the magazine Metal Hammer.[1]

Dimebag Darrell
Background information
Birth nameDarrell Lance Abbott
Born(1966-08-20)August 20, 1966
Ennis, Texas
DiedDecember 8, 2004(2004-12-08) (aged 38)
Columbus, Ohio
GenresHeavy metal, groove metal, thrash metal, southern metal, glam metal, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, bass, drums
Years active1979–2004
LabelsAtco, Big Vin, Elektra
Associated actsPantera, Damageplan, Gasoline, Anthrax, Rebel Meets Rebel

On the night of December 8, 2004, he was shot and killed on stage while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio.[2] The killer, Nathan Gale, continued shooting and killed three other people and injured seven others. Gale was shot and killed by police officer James Niggemeyer.[3]

2015 damage to the site where Abbott was buriedEdit

On February 28th, 2015, someone said that the site where Darrell Abbott's dead body was buried at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery was damaged.[4] It is suspected but not proven that American heavy metal music group Nuclear Hellfrost from Fort Wayne, Indiana[5] damaged the site.[6] Pantera told law enforcement about this, who are trying to find answers.[7]

Close to 4:12 P.M. (Central Standard Time) on February 28th, Nuclear Hellfrost said on Facebook that their former lead singer damaged the site by himself without the other members of the group.[8]


  1. "100 Greatest Guitarist: Dimebag Darrell". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  2. "Darrell Abbott, 38, a Guitarist Featured in Heavy-Metal Bands, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  3. "Officer Who Felled Dimebag's Killer Breaks Silence". MTV. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  4. "Nuclear Hellfrostin jäsenet häpäisivät Panteran edesmenneen kitaristin hautaa". kaaoszine.fi. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  5. "Indiana metal band defaces Dimebag Darrell's grave". lambgoat.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  6. "Dimebag Darrell's Grave Desecrated and Robbed by Shitty Local Band - MetalSucks". MetalSucks. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  7. "Pantera - Timeline Photos - Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  8. "The posts about us and to us are a... - Nuclear Hellfrost - Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015.