Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer D.H. Pelligra has died at the age of 63.

The musician, born Darren Henley, hit his head in a fall at his Los Angeles home and died a short time later on Friday (28.10.22), with his death confirmed on Saturday.

After a brief stint with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in 1988, he joined The Dead Kennedys, who announced his death online, saying: “Dead Kennedys drummer DH Peligro (Darren Henley) died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles, October 28 .

“He died of head trauma as a result of an accidental fall. Pending arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

“Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort.”

Darren replaced the original drummer for The Dead Kennedys in 1981 and remained with the band until their break-up in 1986, before taking over as drummer for Jack Irons in the Red Hot Chilli Peppers two years later.

He wrote songs for the band’s fourth album, Mother’s Milk, but did not perform on it and was fired from the band in November 1988 and replaced by current drummer Chad Smith.

Darren has also performed with bands such as The Hellations, Jungle Studs, Nailbomb, The Feederz, Lock-Up, The Two Free Stooges, Reverend Jones and SSI, and performed with his own band Peligro, with whom he released three albums.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea said on Instagram alongside a black and white photo of Darren: “My dear friend, my brother, I miss you so much. Today I am devastated, a river of tears, but for the rest of my life I will cherish every second.

“The first time I saw you play with DK in 1981, you blew me away. Strength, soul, recklessness.

“You have become my favorite friend, so many times of all kinds. We had so much fun, so much joy, holding each other.

“I love you with all my heart. You are a true rocker and an important part of rhcp history.

“DHP is in a place to be, you live forever in our hearts, you are a wild man, you bring joy, you are a man with a big heart. I will always cherish you. Rest in peace and freedom from everything that held you back.”

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