Music executive John Atterberry dies after being shot during Hollywood shooting

By Daniel S Levine,

Veteran music industry executive John Atterberry died Monday, days after being randomly shot by a rampaging gunman in Hollywood. The 40-year-old executive worked with Jessica Simpson, the Spice Girls and others.

Spokesman Simi Singer confirmed to The Associated Press that he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Atterbury was shot in the face and neck while driving his Mercedes-Benz near Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard on Friday during the attack.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the gunman was identified as Tyler Brehm, 26. Brehm opened fire at 10:19 a.m., allegedly firing between nine and 11 shots before police killed him. Although, the AP reports that police are saying he fired 20 bullets. During the shooting, he yelled that he wanted to die and be killed.

The Los Angeles Police Department say that he was killed by two off-duty officers who happened to be in the area. Police are still looking for a motive, but ex-girlfriend Alicia Alligood told The Hollywood Reporter that their break-up earlier in the month may have caused Brehm’s rampage.

Atterberry was a long-time member of the music industry, notes MTV News. He worked at Death Row, which was once the label for Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac. He went on to start Mergela Records and Consulting and music publishing company Infusion Music Group, where he worked with Simpson and the Spice Girls.

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