Dave Navarro to Be Honored by Investigation Discovery for 'Mourning Son' Documentary

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Dave Navarro of Janes Addiction performs onstage during day 2 of Download Festival 2016 at Donnington Park on June 12, 2016 in Donnington, England. 

Crime and justice network Investigation Discovery is honoring Dave Navarro for the documentary Mourning Son at ID’s fourth annual Inspire a Difference event that will be held in October in New York on a to-be-determined date. Mourning Son tells the story of how Navarro’s mother, Connie Navarro, was murdered by an ex-boyfriend, John Riccardi, in 1983.

Navarro, known for his guitar work in Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers, was 15 when his mother was killed. He produced the film with his close friend, writer-director Todd Newman.

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“Many people know the public persona of Dave Navarro, but Investigation Discovery is truly honored to be able to show viewers this different side,” Henry Schleiff, group president of ID, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, said in a statement. “Through his heartbreaking, inspirational journey, Dave perfectly embodies the true essence of why we started Inspire a Difference, and we are thrilled to give him an additional platform to help share his wisdom and healing around the horrific realities of domestic violence.”

Added Navarro in a statement: “Losing a loved one to domestic violence is a difficult and unfortunately much-too-common event. It is my hope that Mourning Son was a way to shine a light on this horrible epidemic within our culture so that we can all help end it. I appreciate the efforts by Investigation Discovery and Inspire a Difference, and am touched that they would bestow me with this honor.”

Riccardi was originally sentenced to death for the murder of Connie and her friend Sue Jory, but the California Supreme Court overturned the sentence in 2012. Riccardi was resentenced in 2013 to life without parole.

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Navarro is Inspire a Difference’s first male honoree; he joins such previous honorees as Kristin Chenoweth and Rosario Dawson. The organization, which formed in 2013, acts as ID’s public affairs campaign to create a dialogue around such issues as domestic abuse and violence against women, and is supported by nonprofit partners that include No More, Safe Horizon, the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Mourning Son is available to watch on VOD and cable on-demand. For more information, click here for the film's official Facebook page.