Former Poison Idea Drummer Steven “Thee Slayer Hippy” Hanford Dead at 50

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Hanford additionally performed with the bands Fetish and the Accüsed A.D.

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Steven “Thee Slayer Hippy” Hanford, greatest identified for his work as a drummer within the influential Oregon punk band Poison Idea, has died, in line with Portland alt-weekly Willamette Week and Blackhouse Records, which launched music from Hanford’s band Fetish. According to a memorial GoFundMe, Hanford died from a coronary heart assault. Steven Hanford was 50 years outdated.

“The world just lost a pretty amazing person today. Unreal,” Blackhouse Records wrote. “Steve’s larger than life personality, let alone his drumming and producing work over the years was something of legend, unforgettable and historic to say the very least.”

Steven Hanford joined Poison Idea earlier than the recording of their second album, 1987’s War All the Time. He performed with the band by the 1990s. In an interview final 12 months with Kerrang!, Hanford opened up about his time in jail for committing armed robberies in 2008. While incarcerated at Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana, Hanford turned concerned within the music program, producing and recording different inmates’ bands. Upon his launch, he picked up work drumming within the Skull and the Accüsed A.D.