Longtime Dead Kennedys drummer & onetime RHCP member D.H. Peligro dead at 63

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D.H. Peligro, longtime drummer for the punk institution Dead Kennedys and onetime member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, has died at age 63.

According to a tweet from the Dead Kennedys account, Peligro, born Darren Henley, passed away in his home on Friday, October 28.

“[Henley] died from trauma to his head from an accidental fall,” the tweet reads. “Arrangements are pending will be announced in the coming days. Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort.”

Henley first joined Dead Kennedys in 1981. After the band broke up in 1986, Henley joined Red Hot Chili Peppers for a year in 1988. He has writing credits on several songs off RHCP’s 1989 album Mother’s Milk, which marked the band’s first record with guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith.

In his own tweet, Peppers bassist Flea writes, “DH Peligro forever and ever. The funnest, kindest and the rockingest. My dear brother I’m so grateful for our time I love you forever.”

Henley rejoined with Dead Kennedys when the band reunited in 2001. After taking a year off in 2008, he returned to the band in 2009 and continued to play with them until his death.

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