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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Guitarist Jack Sherman Dies Aged 64

Emily Brown

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Guitarist Jack Sherman Dies Aged 64ToshiroKitty/Flickr/chilipeppers/Instagram

Jack Sherman, who played guitar on the first Red Hot Chili Peppers album, has died aged 64. 

The band took to Instagram to announce the news of Sherman’s passing in the early hours of this morning, August 22, though no cause of death has been determined.


In a tribute to Sherman, the group wrote:

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

Sherman replaced guitarist Hillel Slovak on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ self-titled 1983 debut album and contributed as a cowriter on its follow-up, Freaky Styley, in 1985, though he was replaced before the album came out when Slovak returned.


The guitarist joined the band on their first tour of the USA, and contributed to the later albums Mother’s Milk and The Abbey Road EP. 

Tributes have been pouring in for Sherman since the news of his death, with fans honouring his contributions to the music world.


Our thoughts are with the Jack Sherman’s friends and family at this time. Rest in peace.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677. 

Topics: Music, Now


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Emily Brown
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