Former Death Row Music Exec Dies After Shooting in Los Angeles
John Atterberry, a music executive whose long career included a stint at Death Row Records and work with the Spice Girls, Brandy, and Jessica Simpson, has died after being shot in a random act of violence.
Atterberry sustained his injuries while sitting in his silver Mercedes Benz at a street intersection in Los Angeles last Friday. Simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, he was hit in the face by shots from the gunman, who opened fire on passersby.
The shooter, identified as 26-year-old Tyler Brehm, fired his gun between 9 and 20 times before being killed by police on the scene. The officers, who were working on a nearby movie set, arrived to find Brehm walking down the street, waving his gun and shouting that he wanted to die. According to his ex-girlfriend, Brehm may have been driven to despair by the end of their long-term relationship, as well as potential problems with prescription drugs.
Atterberry, who was the only casualty of the incident, worked in multiple sectors of the music industry, serving as a vice president for Death Row as well as the founder of a label and a publishing company. He was only 40 at the time of his death. Rest in peace.