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Adam Yauch RIP
May 4, 2012
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Very sad news: Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, has passed away at the age of 47. He had been battling a cancerous tumour in his parotid gland for the past several years.

An official statement about the loss is up on the Beastie Boys website.

Adam, who rapped as MCA, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1964 to Frances and Noel Yauch. He first played a show with the Beastie Boys on his 17th birthday - they were a punk/hardcore band at the time. The Beasties made the transition to hip-hop in 1984, and eventually became one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time, helping to take the genre worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012, although Adam couldn't attend due to his illness.

As well as lending his voice to the group, Adam also directed many of the Beastie Boys' videos under the pseudonym 'Nathaniel Hörnblower'. He also branched out into documentary with the 2008 high school basketball film 'Gunnin' For That #1 Spot', and the Beastie's 2006 concert film 'Awesome; I F---in' Shot That!'. His film production and distribution company was called Oscilloscope Pictures, and released films including 'Wendy and Lucy' and 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'.

As a practicing Buddhist and an activist, Adam worked to raise awareness of the situation in Tibet, co-founding the Milarepa Fund in the mid-1990s. The organization organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts.

Adam is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter, Tenzin Losel Yauch.

The April 15th edition of The Strombo Show was a tribute to the Beastie Boys - listen to that right here. If you want to delve deeper into the words Adam and his fellow Beasties wrote, there's an Annotated guide to their lyrics right here. And check out some of the amazing music Adam made during his life below:

No Sleep Til Brooklyn


Sure Shot


So What Cha Want

Make Some Noise

For an overview of the massive influence Adam and the Beasties have had on other artists, and other areas of the world, check out CBC Music's tribute post. And on Twitter, some of the many, many people Adam has influenced have begun to tweet out their condolences:


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