FOUNDING member of the Beastie Boys John Berry has died at the age of 52, it has been reported.
His father told Rolling Stone magazine that his son suffered from frontal lobe dementia.
He told the publication that the condition, which is a form of dementia that occurs when the frontal lobes of the brain begin to shrink, had worsened in recent months.
John came up with the name for the iconic hip-hop group and was one of the first members when it was formed in 1981.
The band was originally formed as a four-piece hardcore punk band named
The Young Aboriginies in 1978.
The musician played guitar on the band’s first EP, which was recorded in 1982 but left shortly after, before the group moved from punk to hip hop.
John went on to play in a number of other bands including Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars and Bourbon Deluxe.
Despite his early departure, the band did not neglect his role in the band.