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Joey Boots Cause of Death: How Did ‘Baba Booey’ Howard Stern Sidekick Die?

Joey Boots wasn't a Wack Packer to me… he was a genuine friend. I'm gonna miss you like hell, buddy.

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Joey Boots, known for his catch phrase, “Baba Booey” on the Howard Stern show, has died.

Page Six says Boots’ real name was Joseph Bassolino, and he was 49-years-old.

Stern tweeted that he was planning a tribute to Boots.

What was the cause of death?

TMZ reports that Boots died of an accidental heroin overdose.

According US Magazine, Boots was found dead in his apartment in the Bronx, New York at 9:45 p.m. on December 23. Police responded to the apartment building and found his body, said US.

The cause of death was previously believed to be natural causes because Boots suffered from diabetes, said Page Six. There was no apparent trauma to his body, said Fox 8, but a police statement said he was found unresponsive.

Page Six said High Pitch Erik, who was another personality on the Howard Stern Show, had grown concerned when he couldn’t reach Boots and found Boots “sitting in front of his computer.”

High Pitch Erik’s real name is Erik Bleaman. According to TMZ, Bleaman found Boots dead after calling the apartment manager while conducting a live podcast. The entertainment site has posted the audio from that podcast on its site.

Boots had “no showed” for the podcast, and Bleaman discontinued it right after finding the body, said TMZ.

Fox 8 said Boots was one of the misfit characters known as Howard Stern’s Wack Packers, and he shouted the phrase “Baba Booey” on the program and at reporters broadcasting live news reports from scenes around New York.

TMZ reported on March 13 that the official cause of death is now “acute heroin intoxication.”

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