Joey Boots - a popular member of "The Howard Stern Show" who became famous for his use of the "Baba Booey" catch phrase, died in New York City Friday night, according to multiple media reports.
Boots, whose real name was Joseph Bassolino, was found dead in his New York City apartment by police after a fellow member of Sterns' crew, High Pitch Erik, went to check on him after he failed to show for a regular podcast gig, according to the Daily News.
Friends and coworkers took to Twitter to express their grief.
Bassolino was born in the Bronx and grew up on Long Island, and spend six years in the U.S. Army, according to News 12.
In 2014, Bassolino won a New York court case over the right to run up behind reporters and yell, "Baba Booey! Howard Stern's penis!" during live news broadcasts.
"Yelling "Baba Booey," and "Howard Stern's penis," is completely legal. We actually set a precedent today," Bassolino told Vice following the ruling. "It might sound silly, but "Baba Booey" and "Howard Stern's penis" are and always will be protected speech, so long as we have our constitution."
"Baba Booey" was the nickname given to Stern's executive producer, Gary Dell'Abate, after he misstated the name of Quick Draw McGraw's sidekick Baba Looey as "Baba Booey" live on the air.