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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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  • Ace

    Rest in peace :’(

  • thnx

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

  • vinha

    That’s so sad! RIP

  • stacy

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

  • Molly

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

  • mrskutcher

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

  • Priscilla

    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.

  • John

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

  • Dave Franco

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

  • WTF

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

  • MyLeNe

    Speachless … RIP … pray for his family !

  • jen

    R.I.P will be truly missed.

  • Girl

    OH MY GOD, NO.

  • jez7

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

  • mlllllllllllle

    The best ones always leave first.

  • luke

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

  • niagirl

    Two rap pioneers gone. Heavy D and Adam.


    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……

  • life

    So Sad :(

  • ethiopianchick

    rest in peace Adam!!!

  • Susan

    My condolences to his wife and daughter. RIP

  • http://twitter Christopher

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

  • http://twitter Christopher

    @Susan: how dare you