Guitarist Celso Chavez, a founding member of 1990’s alt-rock act Possum Dixon, has died at age 44 due to a staph infection and complications with pneumonia – reports Diffuser.
Possum Dixon formed in Los Angeles in 1989 and released three albums on Interscope Records. Their self-titled debut in 1993 was home to the band’s biggest hit Watch the Girl Destroy Me.
In addition to Possum Dixon, Chavez also played with Trash Can School and, following Possum Dixon’s split in 1999, he started his own project named Pill Module.
Chavez had a style that was described by Diffuser as: “jangly, pop-infused guitar licks, punctuated by tasteful bursts of noise”.
Former bandmate Rob Zabrecky told the Los Angeles Times that the band’s partying lifestyle had definitely impacted on Chavez’s health.
”He had been doing a lot of harm to his body for a really long time”, Zabrecky said. “It finally took its unfortunate toll.”
”Celso and I were two wild teenagers and guys in our early 20s.”
“We were up there smoking crack and taking heroin and pills. We were doing exactly what we wanted to do…life couldn’t have been any better for a good five years. But drugs took a toll on our band.”