John Berry Of The Beastie Boys Dead At 52

John Berry Of The Beastie Boys Dead At 52

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Friday, 20 May 2016
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John Berry, one of the members of hip-hop/rock group, The Beastie Boys, has passed away at the age of 52. He was one of the founders and lead guitarists of the group and he passed away Thursday morning (5/19) in Danvers, Massachusetts. John’s father broke the news via Rolling Stone of his passing. Berry suffered from frontal lobe dementia.

According to Mayo Clinic, “Frontotemporal dementia (frontotemporal lobar degeneration) is an umbrella term for a diverse group of uncommon disorders that primarily affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain — the areas generally associated with personality, behavior and language. In frontotemporal dementia, portions of these lobes atrophy or shrink. Signs and symptoms vary, depending upon the portion of the brain affected. Some people with frontotemporal dementia undergo dramatic changes in their personality and become socially inappropriate, impulsive or emotionally indifferent, while others lose the ability to use language.”


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Frontal lobe dementia often gets mistaken and incorrectly diagnosed as Alzheimers or some form of a psychiatric issue. This form of dementia usually attacks individuals that are younger in age; generally between 40 and 75.
Berry was responsible for launching other acts outside of the Beastie Boys. Luscious Jackson, an all female alternative rock group founded in 1991 was one of the many.

Luscious Jackson released a statement saying the following: “We are heartbroken hearing the news of the passing of John Berry, the original guitarist and founder of the Beastie Boys. He was a good friend and rabble rouser, and if it wasn’t for him, there’d be no Beasties, no Luscious Jackson, no Grand Royal and god knows what else. John brought us all together in his crazy wooden house on the UWS… Rest In [Peace] friend.”


Our condolences go out to the families and friends of John Berry.  Rest in peace.

Patrice Roxy

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