Jack Sherman, Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist, Dead at 64

by Caroline Bynum

Jack Sherman, a former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, passed at age 64, the band confirmed on Friday via Instagram.

The post includes a photo of band members and wishes the drummer “smooth sailing into worlds beyond.” Referring to Sherman as a “unique dude” and thanking him for the memories they all shared, the “RCHP family” sends their sincerest thoughts.


According to Rolling Stone, the drummer replaced founding member Hillel Slovak in December 1983. Sherman played on the debut album, as well as on the first U.S. tour. He remained a member of the band for a little over a year, until Slovak returned in 1985. Sherman was replaced by the returning drummer and released from the band.

Though he was featured at the band’s beginnings, Jack Sherman was not included in the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Hall of Fame induction in 2012. At the time, he told Billboard how “painful” it was to watch the celebration. “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 dishonored.”

Chili Peppers Fans and music lovers, alike, are posting their condolences and well-wishes to his family on social media platforms.

Sherman’s cause of death has not been disclosed.