NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 2:24 PM
‘Yo! MTV Raps’ co-creator Peter Dougherty has died at the age of 59 after suffering a heart attack in his Westchester home.
Peter Dougherty, the man credited for introducing the MTV audience to rap music in the mid-80s, has died at the age of 59, according to the New York Times.
The “Yo! MTV Raps” co-creator suffered a heart attack at his home in Westchester County on Oct. 12.
Dougherty started his MTV career in the promotions department and felt the network needed to fill a void.
With the help of his fellow TV executive Ted Demme, he embarked on a mission to expand the music played on the network, which was largely hard rock and heavy metal at the time.
The mission was an instant success after the pilot episode aired in August 1988. It later fell into a weekly timeslot that was hosted by Fab 5 Freddy.
Radio personalities Ed Lover and Doctor Dre took over the helm, pushing the show into overdrive with a daily airing schedule in 1989.
Ted Demme, producer of ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ appeared on the show with hosts Ed Lover (left) and Doctor Dre in 1988.
During his teen years, Dougherty traveled from his home in Forest Hills to hang out at popular underground venues including CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, the Times reported.
Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz praised his friend as a people connector.
“He was there when things were happening — not just one thing, but all the big things,” he told the Times.
Fans took to Twitter to praise Dougherty for his efforts in taking hip-hop from the underground to the mainstream.