feelnumb.com EXCLUSIVE: Hillel Slovak Red Hot Chili Peppers Apartment Death Location

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 guitar work on early RHCP albums “Freaky Styley” and “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan” 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.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Hillel Slovak Death Location

Slovak and his friend and bandmate Anthony Kiedis became addicted to heroin early on in their careers. Deciding to give sobriety a chance, both Kiedis and Slovak stopped using prior to their 1988 European tour in support of “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan”. During the tour they both experienced intense heroin withdrawal with Slovak being much more unstable than Kiedis.

The tour ended with Slovak playing his last show with the band on June 4, 1988 at Törnävä, Seinäjoki, Finland at the Provinssi Rock 88.  Here is a photo of Slovak during the last song of the Peppers set that day.

Hillel Slovak Last Show With Red Hot Chili Peppers 1988 Finland

Upon returning home both Kiedis and Slovak resumed their heroin addictions.  In the weeks following the tour, Slovak isolated himself in his Hollywood apartment and struggled to resist drugs without the support of his friends.  Here is a photo of his Hollywood apartment building.


Little is known about Slovak the weeks following the tour, aside from a phone call to his brother on June 24th in which he told him that he was having difficulty staying clean. On June 27, 1988 Slovak was found dead inside apartment #114 at the Afton Arms Apartments located at 6141 Afton Place, Hollywood, CA 90028.


Hillel Slovak 6141 Afton Arms Apartment Location Hollywood Death Location Red Hot Chili Peppers

Hillel Slovak Apartment Afton Arms Hollywood Death Location feelnumb.com

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Here is the front door to Slovak’s apartment.

Hillel Slovak Apartment Red Hot Chili Peppers Hollywood 1988

His last recording with the band was also his final song he ever played live, a cover version of the Jimi Hendrix song “Fire”.  The recording would later appear on the “Abbey Road EP ” as well as the “Mothers Milk” album. The songs “Knock Me Down” (from Mother’s Milk) and “My Lovely Man” (from Blood Sugar Sex Magik) were written as tributes to Hillel.

He is interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, California.

The Red Hot Chili Pepper Hillel Slovak Grave

Here’s a photo posted by Flea on his official Instagram on January 7, 2019 visiting the grave of his friend and band mate…

Flea Hillel Slovak Red Hot Chili Peppers Death Location

The Red Hot Chili Peppers “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” Ghost Photo


  1. A.T from OZTRALIA says:

    Just reading the Scar Tissue book atm and so sad to see a talent like this lost.

    1. Is that true? nobody reported that he killed himself …. even more than he had HIV. is this really true?

  2. DeLuxe says:

    In the summer of '88 I met the band in Utrecht, The Netherlands. (I was in The Urban Dance Squad, their support band back then.) We hung, went to a pizzeria and a 'coffee shop' and had a lot of fun after the gig as well. We went to Amsterdam and I hooked them up with my buddy Schiffmacher, the tattoo artist of Hanky panky fame.

    Hillel was the nicest, frienliest and also most talented Pepper at the time.

    But here it is: one of my band members had sex with Hillel. Then this guy had sex with my girlfriend. And because she was my girlfriend, I had sex with her afterwards.

    Then we got a call from Hillel: he was diagnosed wit HIV: go see the doctor!
    Fortunately both me, my girlfriend and my deejay were clean.

    Hillel wasn't, and decided to kill himself.

    I still think of him. In a good way.

    1. concusimone@gmail.co says:

      1. Are you saying Hillel was gay?

      2. He had a tattoo too that time?

      3. Are you kidding us?

  3. Nirvana says:

    @ DeLuxe: U are full of it. The RHCP were in Holland in the Spring of '88, nót Summer. In fact, when Summer arrived, Hillel had been back in LA for a few weeks. He died June 25th, Summer starts at the 21st of that same month. Do the math.

    You are a pathetic attention whore spreading such lies about Hillel. Maybe he wasn't a Saint (who is?) but he sure doesn't deserve being lied about by some Internet-lowlife. Not for one second I consider this to be true, and n'either should anyone else.

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