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Beastie Boys Founding Member, John Berry, Dead at 52

Beastie Boys founding member John Berry has died. Berry was responsible for the group’s name.

Berry had suffered from a variety of health problems, according to his father John Berry III. According to the musician’s father, Berry suffered from frontotemporal dementia. Frontotemporal dementia causes physical changes to the brain and impacts the patient’s behavior, personality, and language centers.

The Beastie Boys released their first album in 1986. The hip-hop group found mainstream success in a genre during a time when hip-hop was predominantly African-American. The Beastie Boys were known for their hit songs “(You Gotta) Fight for the Right (To Party),”No Sleep Til Brooklyn,” and “Intergalactic.” The group was also known for their controversial song “Scenario,” which some have dubbed “the first gangsta-rap song.”

Fellow founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch passed away in May 2012, following unsuccessful treatment for cancer.

The Beastie Boys were founded in 1980 and remained a band until shortly after Yauch’s death.

Berry departed the band shortly after recording the group’s first EP, “Polly Wog Stew.”

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