Charlie “Chalo” Quintana (ex-Social Distortion/Izzy Stradlin, etc.) has passed away at the age of 56. No cause of death has been revealed but a GoFundMe has been launched to bring his body from Mexico back to the U.S. R.I.P.
The following message was posted on Facebook:
“It is with heavy heart that we post our dear friend passed away.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Chalo was best known as a drummer for the old school punk band Social Distortion from 2000 to 2009.
He was a member of 1970s punk band The Plugz (which became a popular roots band in the 1980s), Cruzados, The Havalinas, Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds, and has toured and/or recorded with Joan Osborne, John Doe, Cracker, Bob Dylan, Jimmy and the Mustangs, 47C and many others. He was briefly a member of Agent Orange, appearing on their 1996 album Virtually Indestructible.
Many had tried to help Charlie Quintana in his time of need, while others turned their back on him at his darkest hour. He moved Mexico from the US where he cared for stray dogs and loved his new life.
There are no words that will comfort those who loved him, and there are no words for those who made money off him and didn’t pay it back when he needed them.
To his family, friends and fans, our deepest condolences. Rest in Peace Chalo!”