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Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch dead at 48
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+Rolling Stone reports that Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the +Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 48.

Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009.

He was heavily involved in the movement to free Tibet and co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts of the late Nineties. In 2002, he launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/beastie-boys-co-founder-adam-yauch-dead-at-48-20120504

Photo: Adam Yauch, 2004. (Chris Polk)

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Se sigue muriendo parte de nuestra adolescencia...
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+Andy McHugh Well that's a pretty rude thing to say. Like anybody would give a fuck if you died today.
 
Damn. A piece of my history has died. I'm so saddened to hear this news, yet I wish the best for his family and the rest of the 'Boys.
 
... No Sleep till Brooklyn ...
 
MCA on the mic no longer kickin' it live.
 
sad day in the music world... glad that he got to see the day they were inducted into the HOF
Kal El
 
will they be holding auditions?? to soon?..
 
man how bad does that sux. R I P MCA :(
 
Oh man. I feel really sad now. The b-boys rocked me in so many ways. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and the rest of the b-boys crew. Peace. :-(
 
So bummed. RIP MCA. You will be missed by many :'(
 
NOOOO! Es una perdida terrible para la libertad y el arte.
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Ryan VB
 
Unfortunate.

Now Drake moves up one spot on my list of Favorite Living Jewish Rappers.
 
He was still cute to me. :(
 
extremely sad news, RIP to a groundbreaker
 
There aren't many celebrity deaths that I care much about. This is one MAJOR exception.
 
I may not have cared for your style as a band, but I have always held you guys in the highest respect for your major influence and innovation!! May you RIP my friend!!!
 
Wow! One of my favorite groups. Sad day indeed. At least he had the opportunity and the means to reach out and touch a lot of people from all over the world. RIP MCA, I will continue to fight for my right to party!
 
man still remember "time to get ill"!
 
Man. That sucks. I spent most of my youth listening to them on my double deck cassette player.
 
REST IN PEACE, ONE OF THE BEST !!!!!
I'll listen IN ANOTHER LIFE,
 
what u guys talking about who died
 
Shocking news for the Tibetans. My deepest prayers with his family.
 
Very sad! I grew up on Beasty Boy's
 
May you rest in peace. No more pain.
 
I used to listen to the Beastie Boys a lot. So sad....
 
I wish he had a few more years left to live
 
CHECK YOUR HEAD!!! Best Album Ever!!!
 
Sad :( Now he is fighting for his right in better place. RIP.
 
Beastie sounds to me like someone tried to spell Beef and got it wrong.
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I guess he made it to Brooklyn, sleep well.
 
hey luc remind me again how old you are? When a member of one of your fart in the wind pop bands dies remind me to shit all over it.
 
I cannot plus one this post because it is sad to hear Adam Yauch passed away at such a young age. My condolence to his family.
 
This bgirl will rock out in MCA's honor tonight! <3
 
One of the best concerts I've been to, at the Cow Palace in Oakland.
 
B_E_A_S_T_I_E - Nathaniel Horn blower, you will be sadly missed...
 
RIP, Adam. Thank you for the Milarepa Fund...
 
A real man. A real musician. A person that didnt waste a minute of his life and didnt hold back giving to ours. RIP MCA. <3 Much Love.
 
Now my name is MCA I've got a license to kill
I think you know what time it is it's time to get ill
Now what do we have here, an outlaw and his beer
I run this land, you understand, I make myself clear
 
Very sad day, group was a big part of my growing up
Tony C
 
Damn. I am really saddened by this news. MCA, you will always be missed!
 
This is terrible. Thank you for your wonderful rap music Adam. GOD RESTS HIS SOUL!
 
Beastie Boys may not have invented rap, but they put it on the map. RIP MCA
 
They should free Tibet in honor of MCA!
 
RIP. Let his music be his legacy.
 
wtf-unreal-prayers to you and your families. He was one of the Best!
 
I just feel completely drained by this news. Grew up listening to the B-boys. :( Damn.
 
He'll keep rapping in Heaven. Rest In Peace MCA!!!! We'll never forget ya!!!!!
 
at age of 48.....so sad....Rest in peace,man...
 
MCA U still no sleep till Brooklyn brother, you made my party years much more enjoyable thank you R.I.P!!!!
 
I'm at a loss for words about this. He was so influential in my music. RIP MCA
 
RIP Adam! You'll be missed, but never forgotten as MCA! #beastieboys #ripmca
Matt C
 
Really wish people would stop the "RIP" trend...
 
A person with vision and action. RIP.
 
"I'll be rocking this party eight days a week" RIP
 
Now if we could just free Tibet. RIP MCA
bobby d
 
he will be missed.
 
That's Very is Very Sad The Lost Of Mr. Adam Yauch, RIP.
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Shit, if this gonna be that kind of depressing news...
 
Makes me wanna throw up. It feels like the death of my childhood....one of my favorite people in the world. RIP.
 
I used to wait on this guy in LA in the early 90s. He not aloof in the least and even though a bit shy, always made an effort at meaningful interaction.It meant a lot to me back then.
 
people understand what this man was part of an extremely successful boy band. you no he was a short Jewish kid from n.y.. that made millions befor he was old enouhgt to drink. in my book dont get better then that !..god bless him and his family. if there is anything i can do get intouch. anything ..
 
i gotta go lie down....
 
WOW man....I was just thinking about the Beasties.....thats too bad...my prayers are with his family and friends....
 
R.I.P Adam, because of you my coision (niall horan) started to be a singer
 
The world is truly a sadder place now, I'm still going to fight for my right to party!
 
He did such great work for Tibet. He'll be missed but he left a tremendous legacy.
 
These guys have been some of my biggest hero's. I will be sure to pay tribute with a block of Beastie at my wedding reception.
 
Part of my childhood is gone. RIP MCA! #beastieboys
 
The Beasie Boys are awesome! MCA will certainly be missed!
 
I liked MCA a lot. God Bless Him. Beastie Boys For Life
 
He will be missed. Prayers to his family to include his band mates. 
 
Dats sad becuz like the beastie boys r hip hop i may not like their music but dats sad because unlike these selfish artist now he was a nice guy smh
 
Teach your kids the way... Let them know MCA.
 
so...did he let the beat drop?
 
P.s.being from brooklyn ny. i no how hard it is to live im now 47 .230 pound italian when integration started we were kids in a war zone not only did he make it threw he did it in a prodonly black business he was genius if you cant see what i mean you are stupid
 
rest in peace MCA you rocked the music of a generation. thanks for the beats....
 
Coolin' on the corner on a hot summers day
Just me, my posse and M.C.A.
A lot of beer - a lot of girls - and a lot of cursing
Twenty-two automatic on my person
Got my hand in my pocket and my finger's on the trigger
My posse's gettin' big - and my posse's gettin' bigger
Some voices got treble - some voices got bass
We got the kind of voices that are in your face

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we'll miss you
Nick H
 
Good bye sir, I'll hear you tomorrow 9_9
 
Loved the Beastie Boys. That is a shame.
 
Oh no, May he rest in peace.
 
Adam....you will be missed
 
thanks for all the great music you gave the world, RIP MCA
 
He will be missed...a sad day...one of the best bands ever....
 
MCA was always my favorite Beastie. RIP. We'll definitely miss you.
 
Hes a HUGE part of my teen years. =(
This is worst for me than Simoncelli and Whitney.
 
Good Times Gone And You Missed Them
What's Gone Wrong In Your System
Things They Bounce Just Like A Spalding
What'd You Think Did You Miss Your Calling
It's So Free This Kind Of Feeling
It's Like Life It's So Appealing
When You've Got So Much To Say
It's Called Gratitude, And That's Right

Thanks for the Music....
 
You will be missed. Rest in peace.
 
sad to hear but the end is here RIP the music lives on
 
What???

Dammit -- first Jam Master Jay is murdered, now this. Another Def Jam classic is no more...
 
My son will grieve mightily. All respect to his life and work, esp for Tibet.
 
wow what a shock!!!!!!! love the Beastie Boys!!!! you will be missed Adam!
 
i will miss him. Beastie Boys r Beast
 
May you rest in peace and happiness and thank you for touching the world with your music, movements, and causes.
 
I was listening to a local rock station and all they were playing were Beastie Boys. I couldn't figure out WTF was going on. Now I know.

I grew up in the 80's listening to these guys. Even if you're not a fan of this genre you've got at least appreciate the significance of this group's lyrical spin on it. #beastieboys
 
Rest in peace bro
 
Another one of the most influential Buddhist parting ways. May you reach Nirvana brother.
 
327 likes,what r the google plusers liking,his DEATH :)
 
I hope its posted in more places than here or no one will ever know!!!!!1
 
R.I.P. MCA Adam - I'm out and I'm gone, I tell you now I keep it on and on. #favoriteMCAlyric #beastieboys
 
Still love to sing with the radio when You've Gotta Fight, for Your Right, to PAAAAAARTY comes on. How sad.
 
The rap music is crying today. We lost an extraordinary rapper. Rest in Peace MCA!!!
 
He sipping def ale with all the fine women, in Shangri La. RIP MCA.
 
Sheesh man...R.I.P
 
just saw on much music sad news! you will never be forgotten!
 
Wow, he really used his fame for something good. I am sure he will be missed by his family, friends, and all the causes he supported.
 
He will be missed, best vocals in the group.
 
He was 47Yrs old,NOT 48! F.Y.I!
 
sad, mey he rest in peace, my prayers
 
That is so young! My prayers go out to his family and friends! Blessings, Terry :-)
 
Cookie Puss?... let me know what's new around the way
 
If only they could put his head in a jar like on Futurama and preserve his talent forever!
 
Our prayers are with you all.
 
Rest in peace mate , you fought the big C well you will be missed
 
Grew up listening to him. RIP.
 
He will be miss, by millions of ppl. Rest In Peace
 
I remember being 15 and watching fight for your right while taking massive bong hits with friends. But your life meant so much more than that! RIP Brother! The world will miss you while Heaven welcomes you!
 
The world is a human being today.
 
"MCA, where have you been?
Packed like sardines in a tin."

It's a bit ironic that the lyrics to "Body Movin'" ring more truth once his body has stopped movin'.
 
Break you r sadness by submitting to me.
BMW i8
 
That sad that's my favorite hip hop group
 
This is a truly sad day. RIP. 
 
'I bought my gran ma a brand new broach' RIP Adam Yauch 'MCA'! You will be sadly missed! 
 
I know, RIP Adam and condolences to the family and friends
 
I'm +ing this to mean that I join the masses who mourn his death and both respect and love the Beasties. RIP MCA.
 
Man, I cant believe it!! RIP MCA
 
Rip to the 1st artist I herd rap over a beat in reverse.... 
vince a
 
Rip....brass monkey
 
A sad day indeed.. Find peace and be forever remembered.
vince a
 
First cd i ever bought
 
yeah cancer seems to be a big problem with celebrities
 
I didn't even know he was ILL..........too soon?
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