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.
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.”
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“We’re very saddened by the passing of Adam Yauch. RIP MCA. You’ll be missed,” the band tweeted.
“Such sad news about Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. A fellow Buddhist and part of hip hop history!! R.I.P!,” Boy George tweeted.
“Adam Yauch Rest In Peace. I’ll miss you very very much,” the son of Beatles legend John Lennon wrote.
“God Bless the soul of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. RIP,” Common wrote.
“RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4Life,” Snoop tweeted.
“Oh no. This just sucks beyond measure. RIP MCA,” Groban wrote.
“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.
“#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.
“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.
“R I P Adam… I’m devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch’s family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!” he said.
“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 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.
“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.
“Just heard about Adam Yauch. Beyond bummed. So so so sad,” the singer tweeted.