Adam Yauch, a founding member of the Beastie Boys, died today after a long battle with cancer. As news of the 47-year-old’s untimely death spread, Yauch’s musical contemporaries and famous fans have taken to Twitter to post tributes and reactions to the news.
“R I P Adam… I’m devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch’s family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!” – Reverend Run
“Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch’s passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. #RIPMCA” – Justin Timberlake
“Rest In Peace Adam Yauch /MCA. 4ever somebody i looked up to & had the pleasure of meeting. Damn this bums me out, we lost one of the best.” – Travis Barker
“This news hits hard. The Beastie Boys are 1of the reasons I do music&MCA was the captain. Thanx for everythin MCA. Rest in Peace.” – Benji Madden
“A very sad day indeed. Adam Yauch RIP.” – Fred Durst
“God Bless the soul of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. RIP” – Common
“Rest in Peace to a hip hop pioneer – Adam Yauch aka MCA of Beastie Boys.” – Papa Roach
“#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” – will.i.am
“Oh no. This just sucks beyond measure. RIP MCA.” – Josh Groban
“RIP Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys). He was a super-genius, a visionary and, most importantly, a really good person.” – Rainn Wilson
“R.I.P. Adam Yauch. Was all about the Beastie Boys on cassette on the Boom box down at the Jersey shore. True artist.” – David Boreanaz
“What an awful day. Rest in peace, MCA.” – Martha Plimpton
“Thank you MCA and rest in peace. Ill always fight for my right to party.” – Adam Shankman
“RIP Adam Yauch- gone way too soon. My heart goes out to his wife and daughter. ” – Busy Phillips
“Such sad news about Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. A fellow Buddhist and part of hip hop history!! R.I.P!” – Boy George
“Oh, no. No no no. Goddamit. Seriously. Goddamit.
#RIPMCA” – Patton Oswalt
“beastie boys paved the way for so many who came after.
#RIPMCA” – Pete Wentz
“Let me put it to you like this. The first record that I used to learn how to scratch was the red 7″ for Sure Shot. Before I even had a mixer. There was a remix with an acapella intro that went “Like my man Yauch, will I use a fork…” and I used to cut on “fork”…just because it sounded good. My very very very first scratches, I was like 12 or something.
#RIPMCA” – A-Trak
“So sad to hear of the passing of Adam Yauch. He was a great performer, director, father, humanitarian and New Yorker.” – Jimmy Fallon
“The Beastie Boys basically invented the concept of the cool white person.” - Chromeo
“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” – Ludacris
“We are so sorry to hear about the loss of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (MCA) a true legend & inspirational to everyone in weezers generation” – Weezer
“What’s gonna set you free? Look inside and you’ll see. When you’ve got so much to say. It’s called gratitude. And that’s right.
#RIPMCA” - Damon Lindelof
“Now playing: something’s got to give: BEASTIE BOYS R.I.P. M.C.A. One of the best hip-hop groups of all time!much love to MIKE-D and AD-ROCK” – Cee Lo Green