Drummer with the American rock band The Doors alongside singer
He went to Santa Monica College and then Cal State Northridge before joining The Doors. He was also a student of Fred Katz, a jazz cellist.
He refused a $15 million offer from Cadillac to use one of his songs in a car commercial because of his views on environmental conservation.
He married Leslie Neale on November 11, 1990 and they had one child together.
His bossanova-style drums and Jim Morrison's passioned, rebellious lyrics made the song "Break on Through" one of the first big hits for the band.