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Dimebag: The Real Deal

Musician. Artist. Brother. Friend. Man. Darrell ‘Dimebag’ Abbott was so much more than a great guitarist.

Few of us that regard ourselves as metalheads could forget the horrific news that broke on the morning of December 9, 2004. The previous night, ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott had been gunned down during a show with his band Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Three more people were killed as the gunman opened fire. We mourned their loss, too, but there was no escaping the horrifying realisation that one of the greatest and best-loved musicians ever to fly the metal flag had been taken from us – and, crucially, from his girlfriend Rita, his family and his friends – at the sickeningly early age of 38.

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