New York City Medical Examiner: Joey Boots Died of Heroin Overdose

It seems Artie Lange wasn’t the only personality attached to the Stern Show with a substance abuse issue. Former Howard Stern Show regular and “Wack Packer” Joey Boots passed away on December 23, 2016 at the age of 49. Now his death has been ruled a heroin overdose by the New York City medical examiner.

Joey Boots, whose real name was Joseph Bassolino, died in his Bronx apartment. He was found dead by fellow Wack Pack member High Pitch Erik while recording a live podcast, TMZ reported.

Joey was a veteran, serving in the military for six years. After leaving the military, he struggled with PTSD. He also stated that he was “depressed,” but being a part of The Howard Stern Show made him feel good.

The death was determined to be accidental, caused by “acute heroin intoxication,” Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, said on Monday. Nicole Bass, 52, another “Wack Pack” member, died last month on February 17, 2017. The former bodybuilder and WWF wrestler from Queens went brain dead after suffering a heart attack and was subsequently taken off of life support. We have lost so many Stern Show regulars during the past couple of years.

Joey Boots, 49, found dead by fellow Wack Packer High Pitch Erik

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.

Rest in peace Joey.

Joey Boots wins Freedom of Speech Case

Back in March, a Howard Stern fan named Joey Boots, spotted a WABC news van and knew that a reporter was about to go live from Union Square in New York City.

His goal was to pull off a perfectly-timed “Booey Bomb,” which is the childish tradition of jumping behind a reporter and shouting, “Baba Booey! Howard Stern’s Penis!” in honor of both Stern and Gary Dell’Abate. Sure enough, Joey Boots made the 4 PM report and nobody from WABC was pleased about it, especially the reporter on the scene who tried to have him arrested.

Boots knew his rights, though, and the cops couldn’t arrest him. But as he recorded and eventually posted to his YouTube account, the cops were waiting for him when the 5 PM report was filming, and as he shouted, “Baba Booey!” he was grabbed by some officers and ticketed for disorderly conduct.

Boots told Vice yesterday, though, that he was determined to stand up for himself and refused to pay the fine, because it is simply not illegal to shout, “Howard Stern’s penis!” in front of a camera.

And a New York judge agreed with Boots by dismissing the case. This man no longer has to pay for being annoying, and he is free to keep booey bombing local news reports.

Booey Bomb on Live TV (Joey Boots)

Joey Boots a Howard Stern wackpacker got into big trouble with police Monday in NYC after “Booey bombing” a live newscast in Union Square.

Kemberly Richardson was doing a live shot for WABC when Joey jumped behind her, screaming, “Baba Booey! Baba Booey! Howard Stern’s penis!”

Joey says he was later ticketed by cops for disorderly conduct.

Booey Bombing Fox

Monday morning, as New York’s local media outlets were scrambling to predict the next move for Occupy Wall Street protesters, FOX 5′s Good Day New York cut to reporter Antwan Lewis, who was stationed at Zuccotti Park, explaining how police had barricaded the area. In the middle of a sentence, a voice from off-screen shouted, “Baba Booey! Howard Stern‘s penis!”

The man then jumped into the background of the screen, screaming the phrase again. This time, it was caught by Fox censors, who killed the sound.

Joey Boots hit with summons for photographing National Guard at Penn Station

Update: Joeys popular youtube channel has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations. You can still catch his videos at

A Howard Stern regular who photographed National Guardsman on duty at Penn Station now has a date in court.

MTA cops slapped him with a criminal summons Wednesday for interfering with traffic.

Joseph Bassolino-known as Joey Boots-likes to jump in front of TV reporters doing live street broadcasts and yell “Bababooey!”

In this case, he said he was perfectly within his legal rights to photograph the soldiers near the LIRR entrance on Seventh Ave.

“I was keeping my distance to not interfere,” said Bassolino, who goes around the city photographing and documenting “all the interesting things I see about the city.”

MTA spokesman Salvatore Arena said photography is allowed in the station, “but you are not allowed to pursue your subject in a harassing manner.”

“However, based on a video posted on YouTube, we will be looking into the conduct of the police officers,” he said.

Bassolino, 44, who said he’s on 100% service-related disability, claimed “thousands of followers” at his on-line website

“I felt that this was an interesting thing to photograph – the fact that we have armed soldiers with M16s on the sidewalks of New York City.”

Bassolino said when the soldiers turned their backs on him, he walked around to the front and kept clicking away.

“A soldier approached me and said ‘You can’t photograph us.’ I turned on my videocam and he walked away.”

A short time later, he said MTA cops approached him – “one called me a creep” – and charged me with interfering with traffic.”

He said he initially videotaped the cops before he was ordered to put the pocket video camera away.

Bassolino said he now has an Aug. 3 date court date.

Email from disappointed fan to us

F the SFN. It’s a horrid site, that barely works, with a bunch of no life having guys all sucking at the tit of an old man that clearly lives in a bubble now. Howard has completely made the transformation into Hampton’s Howie.

Stern used to be my favorite show, but now it truly is awful. I’m just glad I wasn’t dumb enough to pay for satellite radio and instead downloaded the episodes for free without commercials and put them on my iPod with no limitation as to where I can listen. No need for extra equipment. MP3 player plus my car, and home theater system which both have aux input jacks, or just headphones. All free and way better than paying and listening to Howie talk about the fucking Bachelor, American Idol, or Beth on an over-priced piece of shit “radio” that would break after six months.

SFN sucks, Mutt is a leech and a nobody, Joey Boots is a fat jobless fake-fag for cash. All of these nobodies need to be on suicide watch when old daddy money banks retires in two years.