Ex-PANTERA drummer VINNIE PAUL is buried in a KISS coffin, just like his brother DIMEBAG DARRELL ABBOTT was. TMZ.com says Vinnie's family reached out to GENE SIMMONS who reportedly provided the coffin as a gift.

Vinnie was also buried in some of his clothes -- including his hat, shoes and flannel ... among other items. Vinnie was interred Saturday at the same cemetery in Arlington, TX, where Darrell and his mom lie.

Dimebag was laid to rest in one of the first KISS coffins back in 2004. Vinnie died in his sleep last week. He was 54. A public memorial concert was held Sunday July 1st at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, beginning at 3:33PM. That's what Darrell used to call "Dime Time."

R.I.P. Vinnie Paul