Founding Beastie Boys member John Berry dies

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO The Beastie Boys, from left, Adam Horovitz, Michael Diamond and Bassist Adam Yauch.

(KRON) — Original Beastie Boys Member John Berry IV has died, the Associated Press is reporting. He was 52.

Berry’s father, John Berry III, confirmed his death Thursday afternoon to Rolling Stone. Berry told the magazine that his son suffered from frontal lobe dementia, which had worsened in recent months.

Berry helped found the Beastie Boys in the early 1980s after meeting future bandmate Mike Diamond at the Walden School in New York. Berry III says the band used his Manhattan loft for their first practices and shows. Berry left the group after playing guitar on its first EP. His father says the band was becoming more professional and Berry “wasn’t up for that rigor.”

The family plans a public celebration of life in the fall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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