Beastie Boys founder, John Berry, dead at 52


John Berry, founding member of ground-breaking rap rock band, The Beastie Boys, died at a Massachusetts hospice on Thursday morning. 

The 52-year-old musician’s father, John Berry III, confirmed the news of his passing to Rolling Stone and added that his son had been suffering from frontal lobe dementia that worsened over the last few months. 

John met Mike Diamond (Mike D) at Walden School in New York… and along with Adam Yauch (MCA) and Kate Schellenbach, formed band, the Young Aborigines, in 1981 which would later evolve into a two time Grammy Award winning all-white force in Hip-Hop ..

The deceased–who played lead guitar on “Polly Wog Stew” and who’s upper West Side Manhattan loft  served as the band’s first concert venue–has been credited for renaming the group, The Beastie Boys, though he parted ways from the clique in 1982 before the band realized major success via their debut album, Licensed to Kill III

Beastie Boys founder, John Berry, dead at 52

John Berry image via Instagram

The “No Sleep Til Brooklyn,” crooners tipped their hats to John Berry and Kate Schellenbach for their contributions to the band’s success during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2012. 
“To Kate Schellenbach and John Berry. To John Berry’s loft on 100th St. and Broadway where John’s dad would come in during our first practices screaming ‘will you turn that f***ing s**t off already,'” MCA said in his speech made just a few months before he died of cancer at 47. 

Fans of the legendary rap group have already taken to Twitter to pay their final respects to the original Beastie Boys’ artist…



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