Joey Boots, Member of Howard Stern Show’s Wack Pack, Dead at 49

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Howard Stern Show personality Joseph Bassolino, nicknamed Joey Boots, died last night at the age of 49. Anyone who lived in America for even a day during the 1990s is likely familiar with the enduring catchphrase Bassolino coined as a member of Stern’s motley crew of colorful weirdos: “Baba booey! Baba booey!” According to TMZ, Bassolino was reportedly found in his Bronx apartment by fellow Wack Pack member Erik Bleaman, nicknamed High Voice Erik, after missing a scheduled podcast recording session. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that paramedics declared the radio personality dead at the scene. Howard Stern took to Twitter to promise a tribute to Bassolino in early 2017.

Howard Stern Show’s Joey Boots Dead at 49