Hillel Slovak: Age 26 | Cause Of Death: HEROIN

Red Hot Chili Peppers

(b. Jerusalem, Israel 13 April 1962; guitar, d. 28 June 1988)

The guys decided to release a new album by June 1988 but before then they needed to do something about Hillel.  His drug addiction was steadily worsening and the Chili family was suffering along with him. A decision was made  to let Hillel go after the show in Washington. Angelo Moore, of the support band ‘Fishbone’, heard what was planned and talked Anthony out of it. Hillel stayed with the band whilst they travelled to England to shoot the now infamous, socks on cocks photo of the Red Hot Chili Peppers walking across that same pedestrian crossing that the Beatles had made famous.  They returned to the U.S and decided to release a new album. 4 weeks after a joyous homecoming though, Hillel was gone. The months of drug abuse finally captured his life and he overdosed. Hillel’s death shook the band to it’s roots. Anthony hid out in a small mexican village-ridding himself of any lingering, narcotic cravings. Jack Irons left the band also, shutting himself from the rest of the world. He blamed the Red Hot Chili Peppers for his friends demise, therefore he wanted nothing more to do with any of it. ~Georgina – A.K.A. Mutha