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- Posted on May 11th 2012 2:00PM by Jason MacNeil
According to the Los Angeles Times, former Possum Dixon member Rob Zabrecky confirmed the news after complications from a staph infection led to a bout of pneumonia for the late Chavez.
"He had been doing a lot of harm to his body for a really long time," Zabrecky told the publication. "It finally took its unfortunate toll."
After forming in the late '80s Possum Dixon arrived on the music scene in the early '90s alongside bands like Weezer and Beck, eventually signing to Interscope for its self-titled debut in 1993. The band's live show was described as "the bowling-pin school of rock stagecraft," and a "big celebration, chaos, just having to release a lot of tension."
The group released three albums on Interscope including 1998's New Sheets which was produced by Ric Ocasek of the Cars. The group broke up after that release.
The band's best known single was "Watch the Girl Destroy Me." The song's video received play on MTV. The group would also share the stage with acts such as Dead Milkman, Ass Ponys and Reverend Horton Heat, among others. Possum Dixon would also perform at Lollapalooza in 1995.
Zabrecky, who is now a magician and actor, said he continued to speak to Chavez and remained on good terms with him although the two were no longer close friends. After years of drug use, Zabrecky sobered up in 1996, but said Chavez still had drug problems.
"We were doing exactly what we wanted to do," he said. "We were touring the world. We made three records for Interscope. Life couldn't have been any better for a good five years. But drugs took a toll on our band."
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.