Beastie Boys original member John Berry has died, according to a report. He was 52.
Berry, who is credited with coming up with the band’s name, died on Thursday in hospice care at a facility in Danvers, Massachusetts at 7:30 a.m., Rolling Stone reports.
The musician’s father, John Berry III, told the magazine that his son had battled frontal lobe dementia, which had gotten worse in the past few months.
When the band formed in 1981, Berry played as the guitarist, before leaving the group in 1982 after performing on the band’s first EP Polly Wog Stew.
While Berry was also a member of other bands including Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars and Bourbon Deluxe, his original band mates still acknowledged Berry’s early work with them when the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
No information regarding a memorial service has been released.