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Beastie Boys founding member John Berry dies aged 52
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Beastie Boys founding member John Berry dies aged 52

John Berry, a founding member of the Beastie Boys, has died at age of 52.

Berry died yesterday morning (May 19th) at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts, he had been suffering from frontal lobe dementia. 

Berry founded the hip-hop megastars in 1980 along with Michael 'Mike D' Diamond, Adam 'MCA' Yauch and then drummer Kate Schellenbach and served as the band's guitarist from 1981-82.

He played on their first seven-inch EP Polly Wog Stew, which was released in July 1982, but would leave later that year. He was replaced by Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz. 

Berry also played in a number of other bands, including Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars and Bourbon Deluxe.

 

 

 

 

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