Howard Stern's sidekick Joey Boots dead at 49

Dec 26, 2016, 00:33
Howard Stern's sidekick Joey Boots dead at 49

High Pitch Erik, a fellow member of the "Howard Stern Show" clique, reporedly visited Boots' apartment building after the latter did not show up for his gig, TMZ writes. Erik apparently got the building manager to do a welfare check on Boots, who did not answer his door, according to the Daily News.

A representative for the NYPD said the police responded to a call at 9:45 PM for a male in need of medical attention. A cause of death was not revealed and will be determined by a medical examiner.

Boots was well-known for shouting "Baba Booey" on The Howard Stern Show. The host made a decision to go to Boots' Bronx apartment to check on him. EMS workers pronounced him dead upon arrival.

Boots was best known as one of Stern's "Wack Packers".

Boots famously appeared in court to defend his free speech right to shout the phrase on the air.

Fans and colleagues immediately took to social media to eulogize Boots upon hearing of his death. "Howard Stern's penis!" during live news broadcasts.

Howard Stern tweeted about Boots' passing to his 1.7 million followers on his official Twitter account, calling Boots the the "one and only Joey B" and saying "he will be missed".

It is suspected that Joey died of natural causes. He spent six years in the U.S. Army before becoming associated with the Howard Stern Show.

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