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Red Hot Chili Peppers Bassist Loses Home in Southern California Wildfires


The bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers lost a home in last weekend's Southern California wildfires.

Michael "Flea" Balzary lost one of two Malibu properties in a blaze which erupted on November 24.

Gayle Fine, a spokeswoman for band manager Q Prime Inc., said Balzary had been trying to sell the rental property. He lives in another Malibu property further north, which was undamaged by the fire.

A real estate listing advertised the destroyed four-bedroom home for $4.8 million, describing it as a "private 2.4 acre compound" set "in a botanical paradise." It was among 53 homes destroyed by the fire.

Balzary, 45, is a founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who released their first album in 1984 and have won three Grammy Awards. They will reportedly receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008.

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