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Take an Exclusive Look Inside Dimebag Darrell's Home, Just as He Left It

Pantera's “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is to Arlington what Elvis Presley is to Memphis, Tennessee. Like the king of rock 'n' roll’s memorial in Graceland, the king of metal guitar’s memorial brings fans from across the country to the Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington where they leave behind whisky, guitar picks and other memorabilia in honor of the late Texas guitar slinger.

Unlike Elvis' Graceland, a 23-room mansion south of Memphis, Dime’s home is a modest-sized brick home in South Arlington. But like the king of rock, Dime left behind a lifetime of memories still hanging on the walls throughout the home. “DimebagzHag” Rita Haney says she feels closer to Dime sitting inside the home they once shared in South Arlington than the memorial at the graveyard where fans congregate to honor one of their own.

The home has been preserved the way Dime left it when he died on December 8, 2004, but it has never been open to the public. The Dallas Observer, however, was granted an exclusive look by Haney. Here's what we saw. Check out the full slideshow here.

Dime pictured with his brother, Vinnie Paul, and his guitar hero Eddie Van Halen. Dime claimed he was always breaking the headstock off his guitars.
Dime’s love of KISS is well known. He was buried in a KISS casket.

Dime was always winning awards. Legend has it that he was so good slinging his guitar that he was eventually banned from entering local guitar contests because no one could beat him.
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Christian McPhate is an award-winning journalist who specializes in investigative reporting. He covers crime, the environment, business, government and social justice. His work has appeared in several publications, including the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Miami Herald, San Antonio Express News and The Washington Times.