Dave Navarro Leaves Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro has left that band after four years and one album with the Peppers.

Navarro, who joined the band in 1994 and appears on the Peppers' 1995 album "One Hot Minute," says the split is amicable and that he'll now focus on "Spread," a side project he has going with Peppers drummer Chad Smith. The debut album from "Spread" is due out this summer.

Chili Peppers bassist Flea calls the departing Navarro "an epic and beautiful musician and human being."

Navarro, for his part, says his friendship with the Chili Peppers will remain "forever eternal."

The Chili Peppers will now start looking around for their seventh new guitarist.