Jack Sherman dead at 64 – Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist dies as band wishes him 'smooth sailing to the world beyond'

FORMER Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has died aged 64.

The group broke the news of his death on their Instagram page. 

A statement read: “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. 

“Peace on the boogie platform.”

Sherman replaced Hillel Slovak on the 1983 debut album and the subsequent Freaky Styley, but was replaced by Slovak before the latter album was released. 

To many fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers he is often considered essential member of the band, despite his short tenure with the rock group.

But he was not included when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. 

At the time, he told Billboard: "I’m being dishonored, and it sucks."

Sherman also played with Tonio K.’s Notes from the Lost Civilization, Bob Dylan’s Knocked Out Loaded plus George Clinton and Feargal Sharkey albums. 

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