RIP Blackie Dammett, the colourful father of the RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis

Anyone who’s read Anthony Kiedis‘ biography, Scar Tissue, will know all about Blackie Dammett (real name: John Kiedis), the guy who raised Anthony in California.

As a parent, Blackie was…unconventional. He was a part-time drug dealer (allegedly), introducing his son to a variety of substances and (it is said) a hooker or two. He was also a bit actor, landing roles in Magnum PI, Lethal Weapon, Starsky and Hutch, and Night Court.

Once Anthony and the Chili Peppers got big, Blackie was enlisted to run the band’s official fanclub. Hardcore fans will know that the RHCP songs “The Hunter” and “Savior” were inspired by him.

Back in 2013, Dammet wrote an autobiography entitled Lords of the Sunset Strip. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with dementia, declining slowly over the years until his death on Wednesday (May 12). He was 81. This Facebook page broke the news.

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16 thoughts on “RIP Blackie Dammett, the colourful father of the RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis

  • May 14, 2021 at 10:49 pm
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    Omg I really liked blackie he was my sister’s boyfriend for 8 years bless the family Peggy Anthony and James. This is very sad. Prayers and love. Amanda grace neese.

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  • May 15, 2021 at 1:02 am
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    Sorry for your loss, Anthony. You will always find moments where you will remember your father and laugh. He sounded like a real character. Missing my father since 1966. Nothing but love for you here.

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  • May 15, 2021 at 9:13 am
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    So sorry for your loss Anthony 💔

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  • May 15, 2021 at 9:27 am
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    Anthony mis más profundas condolencias, QDEP desde Puebla, Mx tu más grande fan

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  • May 15, 2021 at 9:59 am
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    So sorry, Prayers to Anthony during this time. May Blackie R. I. P. Sending hugs and thoughts and prayers.

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  • May 15, 2021 at 5:39 pm
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    Sorry for your loss Anthony and Fam. Fly with the angels Blackie Dammett 🌹

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  • May 15, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    I read scar tissue. Anthony may have been introduced drugs by his dad but Anthony is also someone who has been responsible enough to pick them up and put them down thus enhancing hid life with them rather than destroying his life. Sorry his dad gone.

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  • May 15, 2021 at 10:15 pm
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    Forgive me dad if i have done something wrong. Rest in Peace

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  • May 15, 2021 at 10:23 pm
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    My Sincerest Condolences Anthony. Long may You live an the Red Hot Chili Peppers!

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  • May 16, 2021 at 12:24 am
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    Sorry for your loss Anthony , missing my father also since 1986 ❤️ my thoughts are with you.

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  • May 16, 2021 at 8:14 am
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    Father son love is the strongest bond we have. My condolences to you and your family.

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  • May 16, 2021 at 8:50 am
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    Quite an amazing character, illustrated in Anthony’s book.RIP. All my thoughts are with you Anthony in this difficult time.

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  • May 16, 2021 at 9:06 am
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    Awful person. Really awful.
    I had my share of heroin in life, and to put your own kid through that… I never understood him.
    There are more than a few things that helped Anthony to become what he is – but his father definitely wasn’t one of them. He was the bullet that Anthony missed

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  • May 17, 2021 at 7:32 pm
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    Heartfelt condolences Anthony and your fathers loved ones.

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  • June 4, 2021 at 1:44 am
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    Its always sad to lose a parent. Im sorry, Anthony. You will get through this. Thinking of you at this very difficult time.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 2:49 am
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    SPIRITS GOTTA FLY SKYHIGH R.I.P. Moggie (Lpool)

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