The legendary Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell died during a shootout at a Damageplan show in Columbus, Ohio. The gunman, 25-year-old Nathan Gale, was killed in the scene by a police officer.
The incident occurred around 10 pm, 30 minutes after the Damegeplan set began. The killer took the stage during the Damageplan performance and shouted to Dimebag something like, “You killed Pantera, you ruined my life. What about Phil [Anselmo]? He needs money to buy heroin.” He then shot Dimebag five times, then turned back to Vinnie Paul, who was not hit.
Three others (including Dimebag and the attacker) died during the shooting; two members of the audience and a member of the band’s technical team, Erin Halk. Then the killer made a person of the public hostage, but it was then killed by a police officer.
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Dimebag was one of the driving forces behind the development of groove metal, and is considered one of the most influential guitarists in heavy metal history.
It was ranked at No. 92 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2011, and No. 19 on Louder’s list of “The 50 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2018.
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