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.
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.