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John Berry, the founding member of the Beastie Boys and the one who came up with the name for the groundbreaking hip-hop group, has died at 52. Rolling Stone was the first to break the news.

Berry died on Thursday morning in Massachusettes, following a battle with frontal lobe dementia.

Berry is credited with naming the group Beastie Boys. He played a vital role as the guitarist in the rap rock band's early years.

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The Beastie Boys lost Adam Yauch in 2012 and said they would no longer perform

It’s the second premature death to strike the legendary group. Horovitz read a speech written by Yauch, wherein Berry's contribution to the band was acknowledged.

Berry joins his fellow Beastie Boy, MCA, who passed in 2012 from cancer.

 

 


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