Beastie Boys Adam Yauch Loses Battle with Cancer
Beastie Boy Adams “MCA” Yauch passed away on Friday at the age of 47 after a three-year battle with cancer. Over the weekend, there has been an outpouring of tributes for the late rapper, from everyone from “Saturday Night Live” to the Dalai Lama.
Among the most recent tributes was from bandmate Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, who posted a message to the group’s Tumblr page along with a picture of a hand with “PWR 2 MCA” written on it.
“As you can imagine, s*** is just fkd up right now,” Ad-Rock wrote on the page. “But I wanna say that you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. I’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch put out into the world is coming right back to him.
The exiled Tibeten Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama released a statement about Yauch, a Buddhist who was behind the Tibetan Freedom concerts that were held in the late 1990s.
“Adam had helped us raise awareness of the plight of the Tibetan people by organizing various freedom Tibet concerts and he will be remembered by his holiness and the Tibetan people,” said the statement.
“Saturday Night Live” played a clip of the group’s 1994 “SNL” performance of “Sure Shot” during this weekend’s show, and HBO dedicated their broadcast of last month’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony to Yauch. The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Hall during the ceremony, making them only the third rap group to receive the honor.
During a New York Mets game over the weekend, the rapper was honored as every player on the team walked to the plate while a different Beastie Boys song played. Radiohead’s Tom Yorke, who supported Tibetan Freedom along with Yauch, also posted a tribute on his band’s website.
“I was very sad to hear the news of Adam Yauch’s death yesterday,” he wrote. “We looked up to the Beastie Boys a lot when we were starting out and how they maintained artistic control making wicked records but still were on a major label, and the Tibetan Freedom Concerts they organized had a very big influence on me personally and the way Adam conducted himself and dealt with it all impressed me a lot. He was a mellow and v smart guy. May he rest in peace.”