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LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 02: Former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul participates in the VH1 Classic Rock 'n' Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament at the Flamingo Las Vegas November 2, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Vinnie Paul Abbott was a force in metal.  While he was one of metal’s most adored figures, he was also as big a fan of music as anyone who bought a ticket to see him play.

In honor of his remarkable life, click through the gallery below.