Rest in peace, John Berry! The 52-year-old was a founding member of the hugely successful Beastie Boys before they really blew up. Unfortunately, he died on May 19 after suffering from dementia. Here’s what we know so far.
This is totally heartbreaking to rap/rock fans everywhere. John Berry, one of the original members of the wildly popular Beastie Boys, sadly passed away on May 19 in Massachusetts. The rocker was 52, and had been suffering from dementia. We have all the devastating details, here.
Poor John! His father John Berry III told Rolling Stone that the former guitarist had been suffering from frontal lobe dementia in recent months, and that things had gotten way worse lately. He was only 52 when he passed away in a hospice care facility in Davers, Massachusetts.
The rap-rocker formed the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch, and Kate Schellenbach when they were all at the Walden School in New York together in July 1981. John and Kate left the band before they got really popular, replaced by Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz but he was an important part of their history.
As a matter of fact, he is credited with coming up with the name, and the band’s first show took place in his apartment at the corner of West 100th St. and Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and he was on their very first album, Polly Wog Stew. The Beastie Boys went on to become the third rap group ever to make it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
Unfortunately, the band has been cursed with tragedy. Adam also died young, passing away at the age of 47 in 2012, following a heartbreaking battle with cancer. Out hearts go out to the band and John’s family at this difficult time.
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