Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys dead at 47

Russell Simmons, co-founder of Beastie Boys label Def Jam, broke the news Friday on his website GlobalGrind.

“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,” Simmons said.

A statement later appeared on the band’s website.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys … passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer,” the statement said.

May God have mercy on him, and on all of us (who do not know the hour of our passing)


Rest in Peace, Adam Yauch. Thank you for making the music me and my husband so much enjoy.

:frowning: i <3 the beastie boys, he’ll be missed

They’re my favorite rap group.

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