John Spence, close friend to Eric Stefani, originally planned the beginnings of the band with Eric. He was a charismatic young man who had an amazing stage presence, and he was also working at a local dairy queen with his close friend Eric. John was very animated on stage and would bring the house down with his signature back flips on stage. He molded his style, in part, after HR of the punk rockers "Bad Brains." One name that John and Eric kicked around when coming up with a band name was "Apple Core" which was a catch phrase from an old Warner Bros. cartoon. But they finally decided on "No Doubt" instead because that was the catch phrase that John Spence always used. Tragically, on December 21, 1987, No Doubt's world was turned upside down when they learned John killed himself with a gun at a parking lot located in Anaheim. Getting the news was really hard for Gwen, Eric and the rest of the band. Especially, considering their age. Gwen was only 16 years old at when this happend. The band almost broke because of John's death, but when some time had gone by, and the dust finally settled, they decided that No Doubt should continue ahead because that's what John would have wanted. It was then that the name "No Doubt" was cemented as the band's name as a tribute to their fallen leader.