VINNIE PAUL’s Headstone Unveiled (Photos)

Vinnie Paul

Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s headstone was officially unveiled at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas on May 17. A couple of photos can be seen below.

A message engraved on the headstone reads: “Don’t ever think it’s not a good time, if you do think it’s not a good time. A good time is a good time, a bad time is a bad time, and a wonderful time is irreplaceable. Hellyeah!”

Vinnie Paul died on June 22 of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle — basically meaning his heart couldn’t pump blood as well as a healthy heart.

The PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer was buried on June 30 next to his brother, PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and their mother,  Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas. He was laid to rest in a custom “Kiss Kasket” provided by KISS  members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The casket was offered as a gift at Vinnie‘s family’s request. Vinnie was also buried in some of his trademark clothes, including his hat, shoes and flannel.

Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio,  Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.