Joey Boots, who popularized the expression “Baba Booey” on The Howard Stern Show, has died at 49, according to several media reports.
The radio personality, whose real surname is
Bassolino, was found unresponsive in his Bronx apartment Friday, report TMZ and CNN.
The NYPD later confirmed his death to the Hollywood Reporter.
Bassolino, who was part of the rogue’s gallery known as the Wack Pack, grabbed attention by shouting “Baba Booey” on Stern’s show and during live TV reports. He even managed to successfully defend his right to do so in a New York court.
His friends learned of his death after they began Friday’s taping of his podcast, The Joey Boots Show.