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Former RHCP and Dead Kennedys drummer DH Peligro has died aged 63

Former RHCP and Dead Kennedys drummer DH Peligro has died aged 63

Darren Henley has passed away.

Drummer D.H. Peligro has died age 63, it has been confirmed.

The iconic musician, whose real name was Darren Henley, was best known among music fans the drummer for the punk band Dead Kennedys

He also had a brief stint in the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Henley's death was confirmed in an Instagram statement from his bandmates: "Dead Kennedys' drummer D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley) passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday, October 28th.

D.H. Peligro performing with Dead Kennedys in 2011.
REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo.

"Police on the scene stated that he died from trauma to the head caused by an accidental fall.

"Arrangements are pending and will be announced in the coming days. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

"Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort."

In 1981 Peligro joined Dead Kennedys and he first contributed to the band's EP In God We Trust, Inc.

Two years after the band’s first break up in 1986, he joined Red Hot Chilli Peppers after Jack Irons, one of the band’s founding members, left the band.

He was eventually replaced by Chad Smith after he was fired by the band because of his drug problems. Smith is still part of the band, who released their most recent album - Return of the Dream Canteen - earlier this month.

When the Dead Kennedys reformed in 2001 Peligro was behind the kit. He took a brief hiatus from the band in early 2008 before rejoining in June the following year.

Founding Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea – real name Michael Peter Balzary – said he was ‘devastated’ in a heartfelt tribute to his former bandmate.

“My dear friend, my brother I miss you so much. I’m devastated today, a river of tears, but all my life I will treasure every second,” the 60-year-old founding bassist said. “The first time I saw you play with the DK’s in ‘81 you blew my mind.

“The power, the soul, the recklessness. You became my beloved friend, so many times of every kind. We had so much fun, so much joy, having each other’s backs. I love you with all my heart. You are the truest rocker, and a crucial part of rhcp history.

“D H P in the place to be, you live forever in our hearts, you wild man, you bringer of joy, you giant hearted man. I will always honour you.

“Rest In Peace and freedom from all that restrained you.”

Featured Image Credit: @dhpeligro/Instagram

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