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Dead Kennedys Drummer D.H. Peligro Has Passed Away


D.H. Peligro has passed away at the age of 63 as the result of an accidental fall. In addition to several stints in the influential hardcore punk outfit Dead Kennedys, Peligro was briefly involved with funk rock icons the Red Hot Chili Peppers (contributing songs to “Mother’s Milk“). He also handled some of the live drumming for Nailbomb, the highly regarded side project of then Sepultura vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera and Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel.

His Dead Kennedys bandmates issued the below statement regarding his death earlier today, October 29th:

“Dead Kennedys’ drummer D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley) passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday, October 28th. 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.”

Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, commented:

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

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