John Berry, Original Beastie Boys Member, Dead At 52
Beastie Boys original member John Berry has died. He was 52.
Berry, who is credited with coming up with the band’s name, died on Thursday in hospice care at a facility in Danvers, Massachusetts at 7:30 a.m., Rolling Stone reports.
The musician’s father, John Berry III, told the magazine that his son had battled frontal lobe dementia, which had gotten worse in the past few months.
When the band formed in 1981, Berry played as the guitarist, before leaving the group in 1982 after performing on the band’s first EP Polly Wog Stew.
Sigh. 2016 will just not give up with death.