Dead Kennedys Drummer D.H. Peligro Found Dead in His Bathroom

D.H. Peligro, the drummer for the infamous punk band The Dead Kennedys, has passed away.

Peligro was 63 years old.

The band announced Peligro’s passing in an Instagram post.


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“Dead Kennedys’ drummer D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley) passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday, October 28th,” the post stated. “Police on the scene stated that he died from trauma to the head caused by an accidental fall.”

The band added that “arrangements are pending and will be announced in the coming days. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time. Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort.”

It remains unclear what caused the fatal fall.

TMZ reports “while they seem to be definitively saying the fall is what took his life — at least according to a police response they’re citing — our own law enforcement sources tell TMZ it’s a bit more mysterious than just that … although we’ve confirmed he did, in fact, fall and hit his head.”

“Our sources tell us paramedics responded to D.H.’s San Fernando Valley home Friday a little after 7 PM, where he was found in his bathroom in his back house … this after being discovered by his landlord,” the TMZ report continued. “We’re told D.H. was pronounced dead on the scene.”

“For now, our law enforcement sources say his death appears to be from natural causes with no foul suspected — of course, an autopsy is pending for his official cause of death. One point of clarification though … we’re told the fall/hit to the head seems to be incidental to whatever may have made him collapse in the first place … which is still being investigated.”

Peligro also played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a brief period of time.


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