Dead Kennedys’ Drummer D.H. Peligro Has Passed Away

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D.H. Peligro, drummer for the legendary punk rock band Dead Kennedys, has passed away. Peligro passed away on October 28th – he was 63 years old. News of Peligro’s death comes from the band’s Facebook account; via the statement shared on the band’s Facebook, they speak to the drummer’s cause of death (as provided by the police who were at the scene). Per that post:

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

D.H. Peligro was born on July 9th, 1959. He initially joined Dead Kennedys in 1981 and played with them until 1986; that said, he returned to the band in 2001 and played with them until 2008. However, upon returning to the band in 2009, he stayed active with the Dead Kennedys for 13 years. During his time with the band, D.H. Peligro helped to create the following works:

In God We Trust, Inc. (1981), Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982), Frankenchrist (1985), Bedtime for Democracy (1986), Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death (1987), DMPO’s on Broadway (2000), Mutiny on the Bay (2001), The Early Years Live (2001), In God We Trust, Inc.: The Lost Tapes (2003), Live at the Deaf Club (2004), Milking the Sacred Cow (2007), and Original Singles Collection (2014).

Besides his work with the Dead Kennedys, D.H. worked with several other bands, including: Nailbomb, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Hellations, Lock-Up, Jungle Studs, and Peligro (the latter being his own band).

D.H. was an incredible drummer and will forever be remembered for his amazing skills and wonderful heart. We send our love to D.H. Peligro’s family, friends, and to that of the band. We hope you are at peace D.H. <3