Founding Beastie Boys Member John Berry Dead At 52
He passed away in a hospice in Danver, Massachussetts US, on firday (May 19). His father says he suffered from frontal lobe dementia, which had worsened in recent months.
Credited with coming up with the name Beastie Boys, the former guitarist for the hardcore-punk outfit appeared on their debut EP 'Polly Wog Stew' in 1982. A year later he was replaced by Adam Horovitz, known as Ad-Rock, when the band began taking their new musical direction.
In their Rock Hall induction in 2012, Horowitz paid tribute to "John Berry and to John Berry’s loft on 100th Street and Broadway – where John’s dad would come busting in during our first practices screaming, ‘WOULD YOU TURN THAT FUCKING SHIT OFF ALREADY?’”
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