Jack Sherman, Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist, Dies at Age 64

Sad news as Jack Sherman, who played on the Red Hot Chili Peppers debut album, has died. He was 64 years old. According to a published report from SPIN Magazine, no cause of death has been revealed. The band confirmed the news in a post on their Instagram account.

“We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed. Jack played on our debut album as well as our first tour of the USA. He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between.”


Born on Jan. 18, 1956, Sherman played on the band’s self-titled debut album after replacing original guitarist Hillel Slovak. He only appeared on that album and the band’s first tour before being replaced by Slovak in 1985, though Sherman did write some of the material that ended up on the Chili Peppers’ second album, Freaky Styley. Along with Dave Navarro who played on 1995’s One Hot Minute, Sherman was controversially omitted n the Chili Peppers’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.


“It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on and be excluded,” Sherman told Billboard in 2012. “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. I’m being dishonored, and it sucks.”


No cause of death was reported and SPIN reached out to the band’s rep for more information.