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August, 22

Jack Sherman Dead: Red Hot Chilli Peppers Guitarist Dies Of ‘Unknown Causes’ Aged 64 As Band Shares Tribute

Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has died at the age of 64.

The American musician, who was best known as the second guitarist to join the band, has passed away from known causes.

Jack’s death was confirmed in a statement shared by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on their Twitter page.

It read: “We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed.

“Jack played on our debut album as well as our first tour of the USA.”

It added: “He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform.”

Jack is believed to have died on Tuesday 18 August, but the news wasn’t made public until Friday 21 August.

The musician played on the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ debut album, which was self-titled, and co-wrote much of their second album, Freaky Styley, released in 1985.

Jack had replaced the band’s founding member Hillel Slovak, who left to pursue a career with band What Is This?

But, Hillel returned to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in 1985, by the time the band’s second album was released, and replaced Jack.

Jack made further appearances in their later work, including Mother’s Milk and The Abbey Road EP.

But, in 2012, Jack was left disappointed when the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he and Dave Navarro, were not inducted.

The Hall of Fame said this was because only original members, current members and those who played on multiple albums were inducted.

But, Jack later said it was the band who made the decision as he said: “It appeared to be a politically correct way of omitting Dave Navarro and I for whatever reasons they have that are probably the band's and not the Hall’s.”

He added: “It's really painful to see all this celebrating going on and be excluded. I'm not claiming that I've brought anything other to the band… but to have soldiered on under arduous conditions to try to make the things work, and I think that's what you do in a job, looking back. And that's been dishonoured. I'm being dishonoured, and it sucks.”

The band’s lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis credited Jack for keeping the band “afloat” in its early days.

He wrote in his autobiography: “God bless Jack, he did keep the band afloat for a year, and if he hadn't, the years to follow probably wouldn't have.”

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