The radio personality Joey Boots, who was frequent on “The Howard Stern Show” died on Friday night at the age of 49. His colleague and building manager had unexpectedly found him dead at his home in the Bronx.
Joey Boots, who was best known for his catchphrase “Baba Booey”, died on Friday Night in his Bronx home, according to the New York Police Department.
He was reportedly found unconscious and with “no apparent trauma”, according to the police statement. He was later pronounced dead, and the medical examiner is yet to find out the cause of his death.
Boots was known to be one of Howard Sterns “Wack Packers.” According to one Howard Stern biography, the packers were “an odd collection of misfits and unique characters.”
“High Pitch” Erik Bleaman, a Howard Stern Show Wack Packer colleague, on Friday’s podcast had said he had bad news and asked to go off the air.
He then explained how he had gone into Boots’ place with the building manager and found “Joey slumped over his chair. He was ice cold… and there was no pulse.”
The hosts then ended the show and called 911.
On Saturday, Stern tweeted: “Tribute to the one and only Joey B in the new year. He will be missed. #BabaooeyHowardSternpenis”
Many others took to twitter to mourn his death.
Brent Hatley, a senior producer for the Howard Stern Show tweeted: “So sad to hear about the sudden passing of a great guy @joeyboots one of my favorites on @sternshow #RIPBoots”
Memet Walker, another Howard Stern contributor wrote: “@JoeyBoots wasn’t a Wack packer to me… he was a genuine friend. I’m gunna miss you like hell, buddy.”
Other friends described him as “a true Stern Show soldier” and said that “The Stern world seems different already without his looming presense.”