Former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Darren Henley, better known by his stage name DH Hazard, has died at the age of 63 from head trauma caused by an accidental fall at his home in Los Angeles, California.
The musician, born on July 9, 1959, in Saint Louis, Missouri, was a member of the band The Dead Kennedys between 1981 and 1986. In 2001, he reunited with them to continue presenting shows live on tour in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and Russia.
In 1998, Darren was briefly featured as the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, he was fired for not having the “spark” that the band rock alternative was looking for. Even so, the musician participated in the album Mother’s Milk, the fourth album of the American group.
The unfortunate news was shared by the group Dead Kennedys, through the official account of Twitter. In addition, the group took advantage of the publication to thank the words of support and understanding at such a difficult time for their family, friends and fans.
Dead Kennedys’ drummer DH Hazard (Darren Henley) passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday, Oct 28th. He died from trauma to his head from an accidental fall. Arrangements are pending will be announced in the coming days. Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort pic.twitter.com/PC7sF87f6c
— Dead Kennedys (@DeadKennedys) October 29, 2022
Dead Kennedys drummer DH Hazard (Darren Henley) passed away at his home in Los Angeles yesterday, October 28. He died of head trauma from an accidental fall. Pending commitments will be announced in the coming days. Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort.
As part of his musical career, Henley was also a member of other groups, such as The Hellations, The Feederz, The Two Free Stooges, Reverend Jones or SSI. In addition, he was the vocalist of his own band called Peligro, a project for which he recorded three albums: Danger, Welcome to America Y Sum of Our Surroundings.
Darren Henley’s talent was recognized and celebrated in many ways. In 1984, the musician was nominated for a Grammy Award for his version punk rock of the song Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix. Also, in 2004, he won the award for Best Record of the Year at the United States Independent Music Awards for his album Sum of Our Surroundings.