Dimebag DarrellAugust 20th, 1966 - December 8th, 2004
Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American musician best known for being the founding member of the bands Pantera and Damageplan alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott also contributed to the record Rebel Meets Rebel, a collaboration between Pantera and David Allan Coe. Darrell is considered to be one of the driving forces behind groove metal.
Abbott was shot and killed by a gunman while on stage during a performance with Damageplan on December 8, 2004, at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. He ranked #92 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists and #1 in the UK magazine Metal Hammer.