Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea pays heartfelt tribute to “beloved brother” Hillel Slovak

The bassist visited the late guitarist's grave earlier this week to pay his respects

Flea has paid fresh tribute to his former Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmate Hillel Slovak in a moving post on Instagram.

Slovak, who passed away in June 1988 at the age of 26 following a heroin overdose, was a founding member of the Chili Peppers, operating as the band’s original guitarist in 1983 and then for a longer period from 1984 up until his untimely death in 1988.

Flea visited Slovak’s gravestone at the Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills yesterday (January 7) to pay his respects to Slovak, who he described as his “beloved brother”.

“A painter, a musician, an intellectual, a hilarious and wild joker, and a lover of his friends,” Flea wrote about his late bandmate on Instagram. “He asked me to start playing the bass, changing my life forever, and that’s only one of many ways he influenced my growth.”

“Happy to be sitting by his grave on this sweet and mellow rainy day,” he concluded.

Back in July 2017, the current members of the Chili Peppers reunited with their original drummer Jack Irons for a performance which they dedicated to Slovak’s memory.

The band and Irons performed a cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s classic song ‘Fire’ together in tribute to Slovak, with the occasion marking the 29th anniversary of his death.