Spice Girls executive dies after Hollywood shooting

Music industry figure John Atterberry killed by gunman

Music industry executive John Atterberry, who worked with artists including The Spice Girls and Jessica Simpson, was killed last night (December 11) after he was shot by a gunman in Hollywood.

Simi Singer, spokeswoman for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, confirmed that 40-year-old Atterberry had died of injuries sustained when he was reportedly shot three times in the face and upper body by Tyler Brehm during a rampage last Friday (December 8).

According to police, Brehm fired nearly 20 bullets into the air and screamed that he wanted to die during his attack as he walked down Sunset Boulevard shooting at random motorists.

Billboard reports that he injured three people before he was eventually stopped by two off-duty policeman in the area, who shot and killed him. Police claim that he was ordered to drop his weapon, and was shot when he pointed his gun at the officers.

At present, the motive behind Brehm’s attack is unclear. His ex-girlfriend has revealed that the couple had recently broken up, but police are still said to be looking for other possible motives.

Atterberry started his career working for Tabu Records, and later went on to serve as vice president of Death Row Records, the label which has been home to artists including Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre.

As well as later working with The Spice Girls, he also worked on albums by artists such as Christina Aguilera and Michael Jackson.