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Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Dies at 47

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Dies at 47

Adam Yauch, founder of the hip hop trio The Beastie Boys, has died. He was 47.

The rapper, known to fans as MCA, passed away Friday morning (May 4) “after a long bout with cancer,” Global Grind reported.

Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us,” Russell Simmons, co-founder of Beastie Boys label Def Jam, said in a statement.

Adam was treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node and underwent surgery and radiation therapy in 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Dechen Wangdu, and his daughter Tenzin Losel.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Adam‘s family during this difficult time.

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23 Responses to “Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Dies at 47”

  1. 1
    Ace Says:

    Rest in peace :’(

  2. 2
    thnx Says:

    “sweeter than a cherry pie with redi-whip topping”

  3. 3
    vinha Says:

    That’s so sad! RIP

  4. 4
    stacy Says:

    He may rest in peace, such a big talent. :(

  5. 5
    Molly Says:

    I used to like ‘fight for your right’. Now RIP

  6. 6
    mrskutcher Says:

    omg i am so shocked…..why must god take him and left us with justin bieber…..i will never understand!!!

  7. 7
    Priscilla Says:

    So sad, but unfortunately not shocking. I knew he had cancer and when he didn’t show up to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony a few weeks ago, I figured he wasn’t doing too well. The Beastie Boys were so innovative. Nobody could come up with such clever lyrics and videos as they’ve had. His passing is a true loss.

  8. 8
    John Says:

    The good artists seem to go young; Michael, Whitney, Amy and more. And now Adam. R.I.P.

  9. 9
    Dave Franco Says:

    Ahh, man. This is so sad. The Beatles just got inducted into the hall of fame this week too… RIP Adam.

  10. 10
    WTF Says:

    OMG, just truly shocking and will be greatly missed. The good die young, so sad – RIP.

  11. 11
    MyLeNe Says:

    Speachless … RIP … pray for his family !

  12. 12
    jen Says:

    R.I.P will be truly missed.

  13. 13
    Girl Says:

    OH MY GOD, NO.

  14. 14
    jez7 Says:

    So so very sad. Adam was a unique talent, irreplaceable. RIP Adam. The world just got a little darker today.

  15. 15
    mlllllllllllle Says:

    The best ones always leave first.

  16. 16
    luke Says:

    Holy cow! I didn’t know he had Cancer. RIP

  17. 17
    niagirl Says:

    Two rap pioneers gone. Heavy D and Adam.

  18. 18

    Wow! Adam thanks for all the great memories and fun times your songs with Beastie Boys brought all of us. This is not a goodbye, but see you later. God just needed a new voice for the Heavenly choir. You are free of your bodily and earthly pain, and you left so much for us to remember and be grateful for. We will miss you……

  19. 19
    life Says:

    So Sad :(

  20. 20
    ethiopianchick Says:

    rest in peace Adam!!!

  21. 21
    Susan Says:

    My condolences to his wife and daughter. RIP

  22. 22
    Christopher Says:

    Why is god taking the good & leaving the bad? Adam you will truly be missed.

  23. 23
    Christopher Says:

    @Susan: how dare you

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