Hillel Slovak

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April 13, 1962 – June 25, 1988

Hillel Slovak was a founding member and the original guitarist for the legendary Los Angeles-based rock band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Slovak met vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea (Michael Balzary) in high school and formed the band with drummer, Jack Irons, for a one-time gig that turned into a steady, and very popular presence in the L.A. music scene.  The line up recorded two albums – “Freaky Styley” and “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan” – all while battling severe addiction to drugs, most notably, cocaine and heroin.  Slovak and Kiedis tried to sober up using each other as support, but the withdrawals proved to be too much and Slovak died of a heroin overdose at the age of 26 while separated from the band.  There was very little contact with friends and family in the weeks leading up to his death and police did not discover him in his apartment until days later.  The remaining members of the band were shaken to the core by Slovak’s death. Irons quit and Kiedis continued to struggle with drugs for years before finally going straight.  In 2012, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, including Hillel Slovak, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Burial

Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Maimonides 26, L-4613, space 1; On the south side of King David Drive, directly across the street from a service road, about 4-5 rows up from the curb, a row behind and 5 spaces to the left (east) of a large tree.

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