Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Jack Sherman Dies at 64

August 22, 2020

Jack Sherman, an early guitarist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has died. He was 64.

The Chili Peppers confirmed the news of Sherman’s passing in an Instagram post.

“We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed,” the group captioned a throwback photo. “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.”

A cause of death has not been revealed.

Sherman joined the RHCP in December 1983 after replacing founding member Hillel Slovak. He played on the band’s 1984 self-titled debut album and subsequent tour. While he helped write much of the Chili Peppers’ second album “Freaky Styley,” Sherman was replaced when Slovak rejoined the band in early 1985, according to Rolling Stone.

In 2012, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll of Hall of Fame, but Sherman was not included.

“It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on and be excluded,” Sherman said in a Billboard interview at the time. “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 thing work, and I think that’s what you do in a job, looking back. And that’s been dishonored. I’m being dishonored, and it sucks.”

In his 2004 autobiography “Scar Tissue,” lead singer Anthony Kiedis reflected fondly on Sherman.

"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,” Kiedis wrote.

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