John Berry


Age: 52

founding member of the Beastie Boys who left the group before it found major label success shortly after playing guitar on its 1982 debut EP Polly Wog Stew whose interest in music blossomed as a teen after he moved to New York, where he met future bandmate Michael Diamond at the Walden School in Manhattan when the pair founded the Beastie Boys as a punk outfit in 1981 along with Adam Yauch (d. 2012) and Kate Schellenbach.

Cause of Death: Frontal lobe dementia

Born: May 31, 1963

Died: May 19, 2016

Danvers, Massachusetts