Jerry Abbott, Father of Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, Passes Away at 80

Jerry Abbott, the father of the renowned Pantera members, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, has passed away at the age of 80.

Danny Wood Sr., a close acquaintance of Abbott, shared the news of his demise, as noted by Blabbermouth: “It’s with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear friend Jerry Abbott,” Wood Sr. stated. “He passed away last evening in a caregiving facility in Denton. A private funeral service for family and close friends is being organized, with plans for a public memorial to be announced shortly.”

Jerry Abbott was instrumental in the early success of Pantera, having produced the band’s initial three albums: ‘Metal Magic’ in 1983, ‘Projects In The Jungle’ in 1984, and ‘I Am The Night’ in 1985. He also engineered the 1988 album ‘Power Metal’ and released all four albums under his Metal Magic Records label. Abbott later reunited with Pantera to work on their 1994 album ‘Far Beyond Driven’ at his Abtrax Recording studio.

In addition to his contributions to metal, Abbott had a successful career as a country music songwriter and record producer. Our thoughts are with Jerry Abbott’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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