Jack Sherman, the guitarist who was previously part of Red Hot Chili Peppers, has passed away at the age of 64.
Sherman, who was the second guitarist to join the band after replacing Hillel Slovak, did so all the way back in 1983 and played a pivotal role in the development of the band’s debut album. Shortly after, continuing his prolific work with the group, the guitarist co-wrote large portions of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ second album Freaky Styley.
The news of his death was confirmed by the band in an official statement, who described Sherman as “a unique dude”, but did not offer any specific details of the cause of death.
“We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed,” Red Hot Chili Peppers said. “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,” they added.
Sherman, who was later replaced by the returning Slovak shortly before the release of the band’s second album, was controversially not included in the Chili Peppers’ 2012 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on and be excluded,” Sherman told Billboard 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 dishonoured. I’m being dishonoured, and it sucks.”