The Dead Kennedys and former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Peligro passed away on Friday due to a head injury, according to his band. He was 63. A statement from the Dead Kennedys read, “Police on the scene stated that he died from injuries to the brain caused by an accidental fall.” “Arrangements are in the works and will be revealed soon. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this trying time.
The statement claims that Peligro passed away at his residence in Los Angeles. According to his biography on the Dead Kennedys website, Peligro, whose actual name is Darren Henley, had been a mainstay in the San Francisco and Los Angeles music scenes since 1978.
He worked as the Dead Kennedys’ drummer until the group disbanded in 1986, when he briefly joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, according to CNN affiliate KARE. His new band, Peligro, in which he played the guitar and sang, continued to reflect his love of punk rock and funk.
Fans have flooded Peligro’s Instagram posts with prayers and tributes, while pals have sent him painful farewell remarks like, “I love you, my friend. One person remarked, “I’m so sorry I won’t get to feel you hug me again. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and other bandmates and friends have also paid tribute to Peligro on social media.
“My brother, I miss you so much, my beloved friend. I’m in tears right now from being so disappointed, but I’ll cherish every moment for the rest of my life. In 1981, when I first saw you play with the DKs, you astounded me. With a picture of the rock star, Flea commented on Instagram, “The power, the spirit, the recklessness. You are the ultimate rocker and a significant figure in RHCP history. D H P in the place to be, you crazy man, you joy-bringer, you giant-hearted man, you live forever in our hearts.
William DuVall, the guitarist for Alice In Chains, also paid tribute, recalling one of Peligro’s iconic performances as a rocker whose enthusiasm for the drums radiated through the audience every time he entered the stage.
“Hero drummer. Super cool, dude,” DuVall tweeted. “I’ll never forget the DKs performance I witnessed at 688 in May ’83 where, after tearing up his kit for the entirety of the set, he finished the version by leaping over his kit straight into the audience. Amazing legend. In peace, please.