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DEAD KENNEDYS drummer D.H. PELIGRO dead at 63


Longtime DEAD KENNEDYS drummer D.H. Peligro has died at the age of 63.

The news of Peligro passing was shared by the band in a social media post last weekend (Saturday, October 29).

DEAD KENNEDYS‘ statement reads as follows: “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.”

Peligro joined the DEAD KENNEDYS in February 1981, replacing original drummer, Ted, and made his recorded debut with the group on the EP “In God We Trust, Inc.” which was released in December of that year. He would go on to record the studio albums “Plastic Surgery Disasters”“Frankenchrist” and “Bedtime For Democracy”, as well as singles/rarities collection “Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death”DEAD KENNEDYS broke up in December 1986.


In 2001, DEAD KENNEDYS, along with Peligro, reunited without former frontman and primary songwriter Jello Biafra following a civil fraud complaint against Biafra, accusing him of withholding royalties. DR. KNOW singer Brandon Cruz would replace Biafra on vocals and they played under the name DK KENNEDYS for a few concerts, but later reverted to DEAD KENNEDYS permanently.


In early 2008, Peligro took a hiatus from DEAD KENNEDYS, citing the need for time off from touring. The brief hiatus lasted until June 2009 when Peligro rejoined the band.

In 1988, Peligro joined the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, replacing Jack Irons, before being fired for drug and alcohol issues. He has released three albums with his band PELIGRO“Peligro” (released in 1995 on Biafra‘s Alternative Tentacles record label); “Welcome To America”; and “Sum Of Our Surroundings”, which won “Rock Album Of The Year” at the 2004 American Independent Music Awards. He also recorded a cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Purple Haze”, which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea has paid tribute to the band’s former drummer D.H. Peligro, who has died at the age of 63.

Peligro’s passing was announced earlier today (Saturday, October 28) by the legendary punk band DEAD KENNEDYS, with whom the drummer had played, on and off, for more than four decades. According to the DEAD KENNEDYS, Peligro — whose real name was Darren Henley — died at his Los Angeles home from trauma to his head from an accidental fall.

Flea took to his social media to write: “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.”