Original Beastie Boy John Berry dies at 52

After a battle with frontal lobe dementia, Beastie Boys rapper John Berry died Thursday in hospice at age 52.

Berry is credited with coming up with the name Beastie Boys when the band surfaced in 1981. He was on the first EPĀ “Polly Wog Stew,” and left in ’83. Adam Yauch gave Berry credit when the band was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Berry’s other bands included Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars and Bourbon Deluxe.

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