Recently we lost Eric the Actor and Riley Martin. Now Howard Stern regular Joseph Bassolino known as Joey Boots, was found dead at his Bronx apartment building, TMZ reported Friday. He was 49.
Joey Boots, a television-radio personality, and member of the Wack Pack, was found dead in his apartment by High Pitch Erik — who found Joey while broadcasting on a live podcast.
According to media reports, High Pitch Erik and the building manager discovered Joey Boots after he failed to show up for an appearance on a podcast. Erik says he found Joey slumped over in a chair and ice cold without a pulse.
Medics were called and reportedly pronounced Joseph Bassolino dead at the scene, TMZ reported. A cause of death is not yet known.
One of the Howard Stern Show’s great personalities, Riley Martin born May 9, 1946, died on December 22, 2015, at the age of 69. In celebration of his life, Howard Stern and the rest of the crew paid tribute to Martin by reliving old moments and celebrating his life.
The Riley Martin Show was broadcast on Howard 101 from 2006 until 2015. The subject matter for Martin’s show often revolved around his alleged personal experiences with extraterrestrial beings.
Riley describes seven types of extraterrestrial’s who reside in a mothership near Saturn:
The Biaviians, the aliens who have had the most interaction with Martin
The Targzissians, who are malevolent reptilians
The Stagyians, who have a bony, leathery appearance
The Dorians, who resemble blonde-haired, blue-eyed humans
The Insectillians (aka the Skreed), who are “smart bugs” five feet tall
The Nyptonians, who are “water people” with “underwater bases” on Earth
There is also a seventh race of aliens whose name Martin can’t pronounce
Howard talked about how much Martin hated his pay while working for him and said that Martin thought he could be earning much more because of his popularity.
Stern played a bunch of clips throughout his segment remembering Martin especially the fact that he always complained about his salary. The Stern Show also dug up some of their favorite prank calls that were made to Martin and the hilarious manner in which they were handled.
Howard said that Martin was one-of-a-kind and that there would be no one else like him. He gave his final goodbye and the rest of the crew including some of the Wack Pack who paid tribute to their fallen friend.