Beastie Boy Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch Passes Away At 47

Published On May 4, 2012 | Celebrities

Beastie Boy member MCA has been battling cancer since 2009 and we’re sad to report that he passed away today at the young age of 47. According to TMZ, it is not conclusive that the cause of death was cancer but he has been undergoing surgery and radiation treatment in the parotid gland as well as the lymph node.

Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen Wangdu, and his daughter, Tenzin Losel Yauch.

Moments after being informed about the loss of one of music’s greatest pioneers, stars flocked to Twitter in the masses to express their condolences. Their messages resulted in the formation of the #RIPMCA Trending Topic.

Read A Few Tweets Below:


Snoop Dogg: “RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4Life.”

Justin Timberlake: “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.”

Fred Durst: “A very sad day indeed. Adam Yauch RIP.”

Cypress Hill: “Deepest condolences 2 the family of Adam Yauch & the Beastie Boys. Adam was the coolest dude ever& will b missed but memory will live on.”

John Favreau: “#RIPMCA.”

Benji Madden: “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.”

Nina Garcia: ”I thank everyone for your patience, and letting me speak my mind.” Adam Yauch #RIPMCA.”

Michelle Branch: “Just heard about Adam Yauch. Beyond bummed. So so so sad.”

Lance Armstrong: “Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch’s passing. #RIPMCA.”

Josh Groban: “Oh no. This just sucks beyond measure. RIP MCA.”

Ice T: “Another very sad day in Hip Hop. #MCARIP.”

Duran Duran: “Rest in Peace Adam Yauch. Our condolences to your friends and family.”

Q Tip: “RIP Yauch and thank u Mike and Adam n Adam 4 all of your help, the tours, the bball games, n great times. a humanitarian a tru friend.”

Common: “God Bless the soul of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. RIP.”

Boy George: “Such sad news about Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. A fellow Buddhist and part of hip hop history!! R.I.P!”

Carson Daly: “God Bless his family.”

Russell Simmons: “Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us.”

Bryan Greenberg: “SAD! The Beasties helped mold me. As a teen my bedroom was covered with their posters. R.I.P.# AdamYauch the Buddhist Beastie Philosopher.”

Eli Roth: “RIP Adam Yauch.” “#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.”

Run DMC: “R I P Adam… I’m devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch’s family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!”

Milla Jovovich: “We lost one of our greatest talents today. my prayers and thoughts go out to the family and friends of Adam Yauch. Beastie Boys for life.”

Pete Wentz: “Beastie boys paved the way for so many who came after.”

Rainn Wilson: “RIP Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys). He was a super-genius, a visionary and, most importantly, a really good person.”

Adam Shankman: “Thank you MCA and rest in peace. Ill always fight for my right to party.”

Mandy Moore: “Sending energy and light to Adam Yauch’s loved ones.”

Samantha Ronson: “Wow- RIP Adam Yauch- #MCA.”

Jamie Kennedy: “Rest in Peace Adam Yauch. He made everything a little more Beastie. No MCA, no B-Rad.”

Lenny Kravitz: “Rest in peace MCA. You are a legend. No sleep ’till Brooklyn. Lenny.”

Jonah Hill: “I’m filled with so much sorrow to hear about the world losing Adam Yauch. He was such a beautiful person and artist. My heart is broken.”

Mindy Kaling: “Such sad news about Adam Yauch. What an artist, in every discipline.”

Ben Stiller: “So sad that Adam Yauch is gone. A truly great musician & filmmaker. He stood for integrity as an artist. What a loss. He was a very good man.”

Zachary Quinto: “An artist and a seeker has departed us. peace to adam yauch. now i will go pandora the shit out of the beastie boys. and be grateful.”

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