Stern took to Twitter Saturday to mourn his friend and pledge a tribute in honor of him in 2017.
Tribute to the one and only Joey B in the new year. He will be missed. #BabaooeyHowardSternpenis
— Howard Stern (@HowardStern) December 24, 2016
Friends, colleagues and fans of Boots, 49, took to social media to share thoughts and memories, with fellow Wack Packers like Beetlejuice and celebrities such as Michael Rapaport participating in the outpouring of support.
R.I.P. Joey Boots pic.twitter.com/n9RHP4Hfk1
— Beetlejuice Green (@Beetlepimp) December 24, 2016
RIP Joey Boots, thanks for the years of laughs…thoughts go out to the homey @HighPitchEric_…
— mark mcgrath (@mark_mcgrath) December 24, 2016
Rest In Peace!! @JoeyBoots
— ronnie mund (@rmlimodriver69) December 24, 2016
Sad to hear about Joey Boots. Saw him 12/10 in NYC had a great day with him.Good guy total original
????????Joey Boots???????? pic.twitter.com/BGyIJNg8v1
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) December 24, 2016
Boots, whose legal name was Joseph Bassolino, was best known for his catchphrase “Baba Booey,” often shouted during live news broadcasts to the delight of Stern’s loyal fans. He was a member of the Wack Pack, Stern’s motley crew of non-professional radio guests who have become pop culture personalities in their own right due to the popularity of the show.
Boots’ body was discovered when fellow Wack Packer High Pitch Erik went to Boots’ apartment when he failed to show up for a podcast, and according to audio of the show obtained by TMZ, persuaded the building manager to let him in when Boots’ didn’t answer the door.
The Wack Pack has lost several members over the past two and a half years, including “Crackhead Bob,” Eric the Actor, Riley Martin and Johnny Fratto.