RIP MCA

Sad news: Rapper MCA of the Beastie Boys -- real name Adam Yauch -- lost his three-year battle with cancer on Friday, according to Rolling Stone. He was 47.

Adam Yauch dead at 47

It's a sad day for hip hop: Gravelly voiced Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys has lost his battle with cancer. He was 47. The founding member of the Brooklyn rap group — known as MCA — was diagnosed with a tumor near his salivary gland in 2009.

Beastie Boys fans — including countless celebrities — are reacting to MCA's death with disbelief and extreme sadness. Mostly, they're remembering what a good person Yauch was, no matter how much success he had.

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Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons was one of the Beastie Boys' early mentors and managers.

"Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist who I loved dearly," says producer Russell Simmons. "I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us."

Jimmy Eat World

"We're very saddened by the passing of Adam Yauch. RIP MCA. You'll be missed," the band tweeted.

Boy George

"Such sad news about Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. A fellow Buddhist and part of hip hop history!! R.I.P!," Boy George tweeted.

Sean Lennon

"Adam Yauch Rest In Peace. I'll miss you very very much," the son of Beatles legend John Lennon wrote.

Common

"God Bless the soul of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. RIP," Common wrote.

Snoop Dogg

"RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4Life," Snoop tweeted.

Josh Groban

"Oh no. This just sucks beyond measure. RIP MCA," Groban wrote.

Bryan Greenberg

"SAD! The Beasties helped mold me. As a teen my bedroom was covered with their posters. R.I.P.# Adam Yauch the Buddhist Beastie Philosopher," the actor wrote.

Will.i.am

"#restinpeaceMCA 1 of my favorite hiphop groups… hiphop raised a lot of us & now we have to wake up because are hero’s are dying too young," the Black Eyed Peas singer wrote.

Donald Glover

"Adam Yauch was an amazing artist and one of the nicest people I've ever met. His music was some of my favorite. Truly saddened. RIP MCA," the Community actor wrote.

Rev Run

"R I P Adam... I'm devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!" he said.

Rainn Wilson

"RIP Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys). He was a super-genius, a visionary and, most importantly, a really good person," The Office star wrote.

Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez echoed the thoughts of many fans.

"Beastie Boys were such a part of my soundtrack as a youth growing up... R.I.P MCA... #LicenseToILL," Lopez tweeted.

Kevin Smith

"RIP Adam Yauch. You made my teenage years more fun and your art made it easier for me to do what I do. For a Beastie, you sure were a beaut," the director tweeted.

Michelle Branch

"Just heard about Adam Yauch. Beyond bummed. So so so sad," the singer tweeted.

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Comments on "Celebrities react to Adam Yauch's sad death"

Larry May 06, 2012 | 1:55 PM

MCA was my favorite Beastie Boy. He was the take-no-nonsense brawn of the band, while the other two Beasties were wiry and kinetic. The Beastie Boys lasted so long as a group because they were able to evolve, and this was largely due to MCA's conscientiousness. He organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, he started a film company, and he provided a large part of the vocals to many of the more serious Beastie Boy tracks. One of my favorite MCA verses is: "I wanna say a little something that's long overdue/ the disrespect of women has go to be through." MCA will be greatly missed by many fans and his absence will not go unnoticed.

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