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Tributes to Beastie Boy Adam 'MCA' Yauch

Twitter has been full of tributes from artists to Beastie Boy rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch. Fellow New Yorker Moby, Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am. all expressed their sadness.

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I'm very very sad to hear of adam yauch's passing. He was a wonderful, generous, remarkable, and inspiring man and friend.

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#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 younge

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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

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Yauch formed the Beastie Boys for his 17th birthday

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys.

With fellow members Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, Beastie Boys would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums - including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band's 1986 debut full length, Licensed To Ill - win three Grammys, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award.

Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend.

– NASTY LITTLE MAN, BEASTIE BOYS PUBLICISTS

Beastie Boys' publicists: Adam Yauch died 'after a near-three-year battle with cancer'

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.

Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.

– Nasty Little Man, Beastie Boys Publicists

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Adam Yeuch was one of original founders of Beastie Boys

Adam Yeuch performing during MTV2's "2$Bill" concert in Las Vegas, June 2004 Credit: REUTERS/Ethan Miller EM

Beastie Boys member Adam Yeuch - also known as MCA - has died following a struggle against cancer.

Yauch co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Michael 'Mike D' Diamond, Michael 'Mix Master Mike' Schwartz and Adam 'Ad Roc' Horovitz. The group has won multiple Grammys.

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