Guitarist Celso Chavez passed away on Wednesday, May 9, due to complications from a staph infection that led to pneumonia. He was 44. Chavez was a founding member of '90s alt-rock outfit Possum Dixon.

Former bandmate Rob Zabrecky confirmed his friend's death to the Los Angeles Times. "He had been doing a lot of harm to his body for a really long time," Zabrecky said. "It finally took its unfortunate toll."

Possum Dixon formed in Los Angeles in 1989 and went on to enjoy modest national success, dropping three albums on Interscope Records. Their self-titled record was released in 1993 and spawned the band’s biggest hit, ‘Watch the Girl Destroy Me,’ which peaked at No. 9 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The band split in 1999.