DEAD: ON THIS DATE
-American guitarist and songwriter, founding member of Pantera and Damageplan
Darrell Lance Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004), also known as Diamond Darrell and later Dimebag Darrell, was an American musician and songwriter. He co-founded the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan alongside his brother Vinnie Paul. He was considered to be one of the driving forces behind groove metal, and is also considered by many to be one of the most influential guitarists in heavy metal history.
DEATH: On December 8, 2004, Damageplan was in the midst of the Devastation Across The Nation tour, where the band performed at the Alrosa Villa, a large nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. A crowd of approximately 250 had watched four support acts (two local bands entitled Volume Dealer and 12 Gauge, and the tour support Shadows Fall and The Haunted). Moments into Damageplan’s set, 25-year-old former Marine Nathan Gale jumped onto the stage, drew his 9mm Beretta M9 and shot Darrell in the head five times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Some in attendance initially believed the shooting was part of the act, but as Gale continued shooting, the audience quickly came to the realization that the event was not staged. Firing a total of 15 shots, Gale killed three other people and wounded seven more.