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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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# 1

Rest in peace :’(

# 2

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

# 3

That’s so sad! RIP

# 4

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

# 5

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

# 6
mrskutcher @ 05/04/2012 at 1:58 pm

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

# 7
Priscilla @ 05/04/2012 at 2:03 pm

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

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

# 9
Dave Franco @ 05/04/2012 at 2:09 pm

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

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

Speachless … RIP … pray for his family !

R.I.P will be truly missed.


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

mlllllllllllle @ 05/04/2012 at 2:37 pm

The best ones always leave first.

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

Two rap pioneers gone. Heavy D and Adam.

TIMEKEEPER @ 05/04/2012 at 3:35 pm

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……

ethiopianchick @ 05/04/2012 at 4:40 pm

rest in peace Adam!!!

My condolences to his wife and daughter. RIP

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

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