Adam Yauch, MCA to those who followed the influential and ground-breaking hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has passed away. Yauch had been battling cancer since 2009, which ultimately prevented the group from doing any sort of promotion for their last album, 2011's "Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2". His illness also forced the talented musician to skip the group's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.
Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 after finding a tumor in his salivary gland.
In addition to his duties as a member of the Beastie Boys, Yauch also helped organize the Tibetan Freedom Concerts. Additionally, he was also instrumental in founding Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film production/distribution company behind such titles as "We Need to Talk About Kevin", "The Messenger", and "Exit Through the Gift Shop".
Fans have taken to Twitter to celebrate Yauch's life and career.
RIP yauch and thank u mike and adam n adam 4 all of your help, the tours, the bball games, n great times. a humanitarian a tru friend
Can't believe Adam Yauch has died. As the man said, 'I want to offer my love and respect to the end'.
All progressives should bow their heads in memory for Adam Yauch. I party upon the shoulders of partying giants.
"Everything we do affects other people. One doesn’t have to be doing something that has some huge sweeping change." - Adam Yauch
I love hip hop but was never a Beastie Boys fan. That being said, losing Adam Yauch is incredibly sad. Another MC gone way too soon.
R.I.P. Adam Yauch. I knew him a little bit; one of the greats. His music changed us; his quest for peace, inner & otherwise, so admirable.
Among many talents and wonderful attributes, we were touched by Adam Yauch's compassion for animals.