A famous drummer from rock bands The Dead Kennedys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers has died in an accidental fall at his home.
DH Pelligro, whose legal name was Darren Henley, was 63.
The Dead Kennedys announced Pelligro’s death in an Instagram post on Saturday. Peligro died of head injuries from a fall at his home in Los Angeles, according to the post, which cited information provided by police.
Details of Pelligro’s funeral arrangements were pending as of Monday, but the band said they would be announced in the coming days.
Pelligro has been a staple of the San Francisco and Los Angeles music community since 1978. He played drums for the Dead Kennedys from 1981 until the legendary punk outfit broke up in 1986, and then spent time again after reforming in 2001. kit for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and started his own band Peligro, for which he sang and played guitar on three albums.
Pelligro’s album Some of Our Surroundings won Rock Album of the Year at the 2004 American Independent Music Awards. He also earned a Grammy nomination for a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze and recently toured Europe with another musical act, demonstrating his ease playing everything from punk rock to “funked up, groove-oriented raucous jams,” his Biography on the website of the dead Kennedys.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Fleo was among those mourning Pelligro’s unexpected death on social media.
“My dear friend, my brother I miss you so much,” Flea posted on Instagram. “I’m devastated today, a river of tears, but for the rest of my life I will treasure every second.”
In his post, Flea recalled the first time he performed Peligro in 1981, which “blew his mind”. “You’re a real rocker, and an important part of that [Red Hot Chili Peppers] History,” Flea’s post added.
Meanwhile, Alice in Chains guitarist William Duvall took to Twitter to share his memories of Pelligroe diving into his drum kit and “solo jumping” into the crowd at the end of a 1983 Dead Kennedys gig.
Tribute to “Drum Hero,” Duvall Tweet Said “super cool guy.”