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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.

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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.

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