.

Music Executive Dies After Random Shooting in Hollywood

John Atterberry, 40, worked with Spice Girls, was a Death Row VP

December 13, 2011 9:00 AM ET
Music exec John Atterberry
Music exec John Atterberry

John Atterberry, a music executive best known for his work with pop stars such as the Spice Girls and Jessica Simpson, has died after being shot last week by a gunman on a shooting spree through the streets of Hollywood. Atterberry, 40, was shot in the face and upper body in a random attack as he drove his Mercedes-Benz near the intersection of Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard.

Atterberry was the only seriously wounded victim of 26-year-old Tyler Brehm, who police say fired nearly 20 bullets in the air and at cars as he screamed about wanting to die. Minutes after shooting Atterberry, Brehm was shot dead by police after turning his weapon at the officers.

Photos: Random Notes
Atterberry was a former vice president at Death Row Records, and he served as both a manager and promoter early in his career. Later on, he opened Mergela Records and Consulting with producer Rodney Jerkins and comedian Chris Tucker, and he founded the Infusion Media Group, where he worked with the Spice Girls and Simpson. Most recently, he worked at an event promotions company called Gridlock Group.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Promiscuous”

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com