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GoFundMe Launched For Ex-VENOM Guitarist MANTAS After A Heart Attack

Help out a legend!


Jeff Dunn, better known to the world as former Venom guitarist Mantas, suffered a heart attack on April 17. Dunn is back home recovering, but could use your help.

Enter a GoFundMe campaign being promoted by Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth. Filth paid tribute to Dunn in a lengthy Instagram post alongside a link to the GoFundMe, which you can donate to right here. Mantas played guitar in Venom between 1979 and 1986, between 1989 and 1992, and then once more between 1995 and 2002.

"Everyone, please read the following in regards to the legend that is Jeff Dunn, also known professionally as Mantas," wrote Filth.

"Jeff Dunn, known to the world as Mantas of Venom, is a musical legend whose influence spans across the metal genre, and beyond. His innovative approach has brought us some of the most memorable riffs in metal music, often conceived in moments of everyday simplicity, including a famously inspired session in less than glamorous circumstances.

"Aside from his groundbreaking contributions to music, Jeff is a devoted caretaker to his 27 cats, whom he treats with royal regard, and a friend to many. His generosity and integrity shine through in all his interactions.

"Recently, Jeff’s life took an unexpected turn when he suffered a heart attack on the morning of April 17. Despite this frightening event, the swift response from medical professionals at Abrantes UCIC and later in Lisbon ensured he received the necessary care promptly. An angiogram revealed issues with two valves, leading to the immediate placement of two stents. Jeff is now recuperating at home, but his road to recovery will be long, and he will be unable to perform live for the foreseeable future.

"This campaign aims to support his medical expenses and recovery process. We reach out to all who have been touched by Jeff’s music, his story, and his spirit, to help in any way possible. Every donation, no matter the size, will significantly aid Jeff’s journey back to health.

"Thank you for considering support for Mantas as he heals. Together, we can ensure he continues to inspire and entertain us for many years to come.

"You, dear fiends, can contribute here and make a difference to this absolute Black Metal legend!"

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