DH Peligro, longtime drummer for legendary punk rock band Dead Kennedys, has died after a fall at his home, the band announced in a statement on Instagram.
DH (Darren Henley) Peligro “passed away at his Los Angles home” on Oct. 28, the statement said. “Police at the scene say he died of head trauma caused by an accidental fall.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days, the statement added. “We ask that you respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time. Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort.
Sources told TMZ that paramedics arrived at Peligro’s San Fernando home shortly after 7 p.m. Friday. He was found in a bathroom and was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is underway, TMZ reported.
Peligro joined the savagely anti-establishment band – started in San Francisco in 1978 – in 1981, replacing original drummer Bruce Slesinger. He has performed on some of the Kennedys’ most iconic albums, including In God We Trust, Inc.. (with the hit “Nazi Punks Fuck Off”), Plastic surgery disasters, frankenchristand bedtime for democracy.
“I just pushed as hard as I could,” Peligro said in an interview about his tough charging style. “I’d be a little guff to [guitarist East Bay] Ray because he wanted me to slow down a bit, but I kept going and maintaining that pace. Everyone got used to it. »
Peligro was one of the first famous black musicians in the punk scene and often spoke about the racism he encountered.
“The music was taking me places I wouldn’t normally go, and it was good when you were on stage, but when you came down they were getting drunk and calling you all kinds of names,” he said. he once told LA Weekly.
The band broke up in 1986.
In 2001 Ray, Peligro and bassist Kurt Flouride reformed the band with Brandon Cruz replacing former frontman Jello Biafra. The drummer then created his own band, Peligro.
In a fitting tribute to the Dead Kennedys, Biafra in 2017 updated one of the band’s most famous songs in honor of then-President Donald Trump.
Performing with Dead Cross in Berkeley, Calif., Biafra turned the Dead Kennedys’ 1981 anthem “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” into “Nazi Trumps Fuck Off.”
“Make America smart again,” Biafra pleaded at the end. “Please!”