Joey Boots, a radio personality and member of The Howard Stern Show, was found dead in his New York City apartment Friday night. He was 49.
Boots, whose legal name is Joseph Bassolino, was pronounced dead when EMTs arrived at his Bronx apartment at 9:45 p.m., the NYPD confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. No cause was given.
Boots, who coined the radio show’s popular “Baba Booey” catchphrase, was found dead by a fellow member of Howard Stern’s “Wack Pack,” according to audio obtained by TMZ. In the audio, “High Pitch” Erik Bleaman can be heard discovering Boots’ body at his home after Boots didn’t show up for a scheduled podcast.
Stern took to Twitter on Saturday to say, “Tribute to the one and only Joey B in the new year. He will be missed. #BabaooeyHowardSternpenis.”
Tribute to the one and only Joey B in the new year. He will be missed. #BabaooeyHowardSternpenis
— Howard Stern (@HowardStern) December 24, 2016
Shortly after, Bleaman shared Stern’s tweet, along with one posted by Howard Stern Show star Ronnie Mund.
Rest In Peace!! @JoeyBoots
— ronnie mund (@rmlimodriver69) December 24, 2016