Hillel Slovak was an Israeli-American musician best known as the original guitarist and founding member of the Los Angeles rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Slovak's work was one of the major contributing factors to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' early sound. He was also a huge influence on a young John Frusciante, who would later replace him as guitarist in the band.
Slovak and Anthony Kiedis became addicted to heroin early in their careers. Deciding to give sobriety a chance, both Kiedis and Hillel stopped using prior to their European tour in support of The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. During the tour both experienced intense heroin withdrawal – Hillel seemingly much more unstable than Kiedis – and upon returning home they both resumed their addictions. Little is known about his life the weeks following the tour, aside from a phone call to his brother. Slovak was found dead here in his apartment on the corner of Afton Place and El Centro in Hollywood due to a Speedball (drug) overdose on June 25, 1988.
His address at Afton Arms (aka Castle) was 6141 Afton apt. #114, Hollywood, CA 90028.
His last recording, a cover version of the Jimi Hendrix song "Fire", would later appear in the Abbey Road EP and album Mothers Milk. Frusciante based a lot of his playing style on Slovak's work. The songs "Knock Me Down" (from Mother's Milk) and "My Lovely Man" (from Blood Sugar Sex Magik) were written as tributes to Hillel.