Possum Dixon - Celso Chavez Dies Of Staph Infection Complications13 May 2012
He died on Wednesday (09May12) due to complications from a staph infection, which led to a bout of pneumonia.
The tragic star's pal and former bandmate Rob Zabrecky tells the Los Angeles Times, "Drugs had a lot to do with it... He had been doing a lot of harm to his body for a really long time. It finally took its unfortunate toll... Celso and I were two wild teenagers and guys in our early 20s. We were... smoking crack and taking heroin and pills.
"We were doing exactly what we wanted to do. We were touring the world... Life couldn't have been any better for a good five years. But drugs took a toll on our band."
The guitarist formed the alternative rock group with college friends Zabrecky, Bryan Kovacs, and Robert O'Sullivan in 1989 and together they signed with Interscope Records, releasing their self-titled debut album in 1993.
The Watch the Girl Destroy Me hitmakers, who played Lollapalooza in 1995, went on to release a total of three records.
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