The ten heaviest metal deaths

R.I.P., Jeff Hanneman (second from left).
R.I.P., Jeff Hanneman (second from left).

Unless you're the Highlander, death is simply inevitable. Be that as it may, the untimely passing of these metal men left us all in shock, defying the natural order of things. From Jeff Hanneman and Chi Cheng, most recently, to Randy Rhoads and Cliff Burton, all of these revered metal maestros left us way too soon. Keep reading for a list of the ten heaviest metal deaths.

See also: - Chi Cheng, Deftones bassist, gone at 42 - R.I.P., Jeff Hanneman - Losing Dimebag Darrell was never part of the Damageplan

10. Layne Staley After years of struggling with addiction, Layne Staley died in his condo, his body withered away, his chosen vice having gotten the best of him. If his singing voice equated to a certain level of immortality, he would have lived forever, gracing our ears with his powerful, expressive vocals.

9. Chi Cheng Back in 2008, Chi Cheng was involved in a grave car accident that left him in a semi-comatose state. The Deftones bassist survived for more than four years in this state before suffering cardiac arrest and passing away this past April.

8. Cory Smoot, aka "Flattus Maximus" In the humorous metal band GWAR, "Flattus" referred to flatulence, and as a childlike dumdum character, Flattus was basically a guitarist fueled to play with his brain farts and pot smoke. Smoot died of coronary artery disease only hours after a show back in November of 2011, and the next day, the band retired the longtime character out of respect for him.

7. Peter Steele Before his death, Peter Steele towered over crowds, both literally at 6'8" and with his booming voice, a deep bass baritone coloring dark metal, draped over lyrics of self-deprecation, death and a fascination with the female body, written with a poetic burn. Steele died in 2010 of heart failure; his death was initially thought to be a hoax, as the singer had previously joked about his demise, posting a picture of himself and the dates "1962-2005."

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