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Darrell Lance Abbott was a guitarist with Pantera, a groove metal band he formed in 1981 with his brother Vinnie Paul. In addition to his work with Pantera, Abbott also played with his brother in another band, Damageplan and it was during a Damageplan concert that he met his death at the hands of gunman Nathan Gale.
The gig was underway at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus Ohio when Gale fired shots from his Beretta handgun killing Dimebag and three others. Gale was subsequently shot and killed by a police officer attending the scene.
There is confusion as to Gale’s motive for the murder of Dimebag with one theory being that he believed Dimebag to have stolen some of his songs. This theory has largely been discredited however and it seems that Gale was a paranoid schizophrenic who believed that the band could read his mind and steal his thoughts.