Hillel Slovak was the founding guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but his career in the band and life were tragically cut short because of his addiction. His death left members of the band in extreme grief and only Kiedis and Flea were able to continue with the band. Slovak was born in Israel to a mother of Polish descent and left for the US at the age of 5.
Photo: Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak (1962-1988) performing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1983. Author: John Coffey