John Berry, one of the founding members of pioneering rap group Beastie Boys died Thursday morning in a Danvers, Mass., hospital. He was 52.
His father, John Berry III, told Rolling Stone magazine that his son suffered from frontal lobe dementia, which had grown worse in recent months.
Berry, who attended high school with singer Mike Diamond, was a crucial member in the Beastie Boys’ early days. He was originally part of the Young Aborigines, a hardcore punk band formed in 1978 and would later evolve into the best-selling group.