In a new post on their website, frontman Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King each recalled their favorite memories of Hanneman, a noted WWII buff who formed the band with King in 1981.
"I had so many great times with Jeff," write King. "In the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies...World War II movies, horror movies, we watched Full Metal Jacket so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue."
Araya and King detail the band's early days, including rehearsing at New York's Chung King Studios and visiting military museums in Moscow.
"When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7," recalled Araya. "Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father's garage which was also our rehearsal space."
Araya and King told fans that a celebration of the musician was in the works.
"While the details are being worked out now, Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman's life sometime later this month," said the statement. "Along with Jeff's family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon."