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Charlie Quintana, drummer for punk bands Social Distortion, Cracker, and the Plugz, has died at 56. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.


Quintana was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1962. He was living in Mexico and caring for stray dogs at the time of his death, per a Facebook post from Los Angeles’ Starwood Nightclub.

In 1977, he helped found one of the first Latinx punk bands, the Plugz, in L.A. His career spanned three decades, spending most of his profession as a full-time member of California punk act Social Distortion, from 2000-2009. Quintana also drummed, briefly, with the ‘90s rockers Cracker, two years after they crashed the Hot 100 with “Low.”


Throughout his career, Quintana became a prolific session musician, touring or recording albums with Bob Dylan, Joan Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses’ Izzy Stradlin, the Cruzados, and the Havalinas.

On their official Twitter account, Cracker writes that Quintana was “one of the greatest drummers of all time. A true test of a drummers ability is a slow song. No one could ever match him on this.”


Read the Starwood’s note, in full, below.

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