Pantera’s legendary guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot dead by a rifle on stage today (12.08.2004), 12 years ago. This whole thing shook the whole metal world deeply.

Vinnie Paul revealed his last words to his brother before he died. In an interview with Metal Hammer, he said:

“The last thing that really matters to me is the last thing we said to each other before we went on stage. We were warming up on the side of the stage like we always did and we were both really excited – we only had two shows left and we were gonna be going home for Christmas and to begin work on the second record.

Our code word to let it all hang out and have a good time was ‘Van Halen,’ man! And that’s the last two words we ever said to each other. I said, ‘Van Halen’ and he said ‘Van Halen’ and we high-fived each other and went on the deck to do our thing… and a minute-and-a-half later I’ll never see him again.

He was really loved and he lives on, through his music and through his spirit. And I’m so proud to have been a part of everything that he ever did. He’s up there with Jimi Hendrix and the Bon Scotts.