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Anthony Joseph Kiedis (born November 1, 1962) is the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kiedis was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to John Kiedis (also known as Spider or Blackie Dammett) and Margaret "Peggy" Idema, and has two half-sisters, Julie and Jenny, and a half-brother, James. His great grandfather, Anton Kiedis, was Lithuanian, and his father's mother has some Mohican Blood. His parents divorced in 1968, when he was five. He lived with his mother in Grand Rapids until he was eleven, then moved to California with his father, who was an actor in Los Angeles. Kiedis spent much of his youth listening to Sly Stone, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Stevie Wonder, artists who would eventually shape Red Hot Chili Peppers' sound, and at a young age Kiedis knew he wanted to be a singer. Around the age of fifteen, while a student at Fairfax High School, he met Michael Balzary and Hillel Slovak, with whom he would eventually go on to form a band. Initially, the group was named Tony Flow & The Miraculous Masters of Mayhem, and they would go on to become part of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Living with his father, Kiedis lived a struggling childhood. His father introduced him to drugs at the age of eleven, and Kiedis has had many struggles with drug addiction, including heroin and cocaine. He initially forced himself to get clean after the heroin overdose death of former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak in 1988 for five years, but relapsed several times. December 24th, 2000 he became clean again, and reportedly he has avoided another relapse. It is romoured that he lost his virginity at the age of twelve to his father's now ex-girlfriend.

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