Love is pouring in for the late Adam Yauch, founder and “MCA” rapper for the Beastie Boys. Yauch passed away Friday following a near-three-year battle with cancer.
The band's publicist issued the following statement online about Yauch's passing:
"It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old."
Fans have taken to Twitter and are showing their admiration for the pioneer via hundreds of thousands of tweets.
“A giant has passed. Adam Yauch. AKA MCA. One of our beloved Beastie Boys,” tweeted fan @AUS10NICHOLS.
From another fan, @helenadetroy, “So sad. ;/ RIP Adam. A true role model, he used his time, talent, & treasure to create music & art, & to promote peace.”
Other people are simply letting M.C.A.’s words speak for themselves, tweeting the lyrics to songs like “Pass Me The Mic” and “Paul Revere.”
Yauch and band members Mike Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) took the hip-hop scene by storm in the 1980s with a sound that developed from hardcore punk and eventually morphed into a highly unique, rap style.
Other than a career devoted to music, Yauch denoted his energy to Budhism and the fight for Tibetan independence. The artist even co-founded production company Oscilloscope Pictures, which produced renowned films like Wendy and Lisa, Burma VJ, and We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Support for the late maestro of lyrical disgorge is not limited to the fans either. Celebrities from all over the industry are showing their respect in a Twittersphere dedication that bears several similarities to Dick Clark’s passing.
Names like MC Hammer, Lenny Kravitz, and Rev Run are among those piping up to send their condolences.
“R.I.P. MCA from the Beastie Boys. He was an integral part of building the Def Jam label that I am a part of today. Condolences to the Fam,” tweeted Ludacris.
There’s even been love from some, perhaps, unexpected sources.
“I once wrote a play inspired by The Beastie Boys and it helped me realize I could do this for a living,” said “Finder” writer Aaron Ginsburg.
Our thoughts go out to Yauch’s friends, family, and band mates. You’ll be missed, but never forgotten.
Check out Adam's last performance below: