Flea Pays Tribute to Late Red Hot Chili Peppers Bandmate

January 9, 2019

Red Hot Chili Peppers have had several guitarists in their 35-year history – from John Frusciante to Dave Navarro to Josh Klinghoffer – but founding member Hillel Slovak still holds a special place in Flea’s heart.

The bass legend stopped by Mount Sinai Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills recently to visit his childhood friend and former bandmate. Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 26.

“My thoughts will always be with my beloved brother,” Flea posted on Instagram along with a picture of himself at Slovak’s grave. “A painter, a musician, an intellectual, a hilarious and wild joker, and a lover of his friends. He asked me to start playing the bass, changing my life forever, and that’s only one of many ways he influenced my growth… happy to be sitting by his grave on this sweet and mellow rainy day.”

My thoughts will always be with my beloved brother. A painter, a musician, an intellectual, a hilarious and wild joker, and a lover of his friends. He asked me to start playing the bass, changing my life forever, and that’s only one of many ways he influenced my growth. ❤️❤️❤️ happy to be sitting by his grave on this sweet and mellow rainy day

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