Slayer star Kerry King toasted his late bandmate Jeff Hanneman by downing shots of booze in his memory at a special service in Los Angeles on Thursday (23May13).

Hundreds of fans flocked to the Hollywood Palladium to celebrate the bassist's life at a public memorial, where guitarist King delivered a speech recalling the good times he shared with his pal.

Hanneman died from alcohol-related liver cirrhosis on 2 May (13), but King insisted on bringing a glass of Jagermeister onstage with him, telling the crowd, "Unlike myself, Jeff Hanneman hated Jagermeister. But I had to come up here with something to cheer my friend."

He then paid tribute to the rocker's legacy, adding, "Jeff was my doorway to punk and it really helped Slayer to become the doorway between the metal kids and the punk kids... All you fans, thanks a lot for showing up. It means a lot. We got a lot of history in this joint. Me and Jeff got banned here for 20 years, so it's kind of ironic."

The late star's wife Kathryn later spoke at the event and a touching slide show was also played.

According to NME.com, there was no sign of the fundamentalist Christian Westboro Baptist Church, whose members had threatened to picket outside.