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Beastie Boy and film producer Adam Yauch (MCA) has passed away

05.04.2012

It is a sad day for music fans around the world as MCA (aka Adam Yauch), founding member of The Beastie Boys, has passed away at the age of 47.

The Beastie Boys were a seminal rap group who also explored other genres including punk rock and jazz. They were well known for their longevity having spanned four decades as a group. Their signature music videos brought a very cinematic quality that was absent from many videos at the time. Spike Jonze worked closely with the Beastie Boys and directed their most recognizable videos.

Yauch was also the founder of Oscillioscope Laboratories, a film production company that released several highly acclaimed independent films, including WENDY AND LUCY, THE MESSENGER, HOWL, MEEK'S CUTOFF, RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP and BELLFLOWER.

Oscillioscope released the following statement: "We are deeply, deeply saddened by the passing of Adam Yauch – an amazing leader, a dear friend and an incredible human being. Today we are heartbroken at Oscilloscope as we take in this awful news and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Adam's legacy will remain a driving force at Oscilloscope – his indomitable spirit and his great passion for film, people, and hard work - always with a sense of humor and a lot of heart."

Growing up at the height of the Beastie Boys popularity, their music is a soundtrack for my childhood. I have already received dozens of emails and texts from friends who are shocked by this passing. Much like when Michael Jackson died, I expect a revival in popularity for the band's music. Yauch will be sorely missed by his fans. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and bandmates.

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11:58AM on 05/06/2012

gutted

this is an amazing tribute to MCA by Coldplay
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this is an amazing tribute to MCA by Coldplay
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10:35PM on 05/05/2012
Very sad news to hear. I'm not a fan of hip hop but the Beastie Boys are one of those exceptions. Watching their music videos on MTV as a kid were great memories. I would say there tunes are timeless and although they lost a soldier, I know their beat will go on for many years to come. Thank you Adam, you are a true legend in the music universe.
Very sad news to hear. I'm not a fan of hip hop but the Beastie Boys are one of those exceptions. Watching their music videos on MTV as a kid were great memories. I would say there tunes are timeless and although they lost a soldier, I know their beat will go on for many years to come. Thank you Adam, you are a true legend in the music universe.
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10:40AM on 05/05/2012
WOW! This is sad news! My birthday is today, and this is not a birthday memory I would choose to have. Bummer! My prayers are for his family!
WOW! This is sad news! My birthday is today, and this is not a birthday memory I would choose to have. Bummer! My prayers are for his family!
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1:21AM on 05/05/2012

Am I the only one...

That thought of futurama as soon as they read this? I dont know what that means.
That thought of futurama as soon as they read this? I dont know what that means.
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6:50AM on 05/05/2012
It means you're a cunt who doesn't know good music.
It means you're a cunt who doesn't know good music.
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8:34PM on 05/04/2012

I'm floored...

I knew he had cancer, but this is still too shocking. While I'm not much of a hip-hop fan to be honest, I've always had a soft spot for them, as their eclectic style transcended all boundaries. A truly fearless bunch, and MCA was no exception. Truly sad.
I knew he had cancer, but this is still too shocking. While I'm not much of a hip-hop fan to be honest, I've always had a soft spot for them, as their eclectic style transcended all boundaries. A truly fearless bunch, and MCA was no exception. Truly sad.
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7:54PM on 05/04/2012

It's always the good ones that have to die.....

Never before have I felt such sadness for a loss of someone I have never and will never meet. A true inspiration, a great musician, film maker and humanitarian. 47 too, what the hell, the world has truly lost one of it's greats.
Never before have I felt such sadness for a loss of someone I have never and will never meet. A true inspiration, a great musician, film maker and humanitarian. 47 too, what the hell, the world has truly lost one of it's greats.
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7:14PM on 05/04/2012
One of the all-time greats.
One of the all-time greats.
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6:25PM on 05/04/2012

Oh man....

And I've been praying for another Beastie Boys comeback. This is so sad and unfair. Rest in peace, Adam. You left this world too soon.
And I've been praying for another Beastie Boys comeback. This is so sad and unfair. Rest in peace, Adam. You left this world too soon.
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5:20PM on 05/04/2012

The world is a less interesting place today

Rare has there been a group that has stayed as relevant and fresh and inventive for as long as the B-Boys. A style all their own, grew as artists, and produced no less than four of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. As mindfuckingly awesome in the studio, music videos and live performances alike.

I'm out of words, so now I will listen to MCA, Mike D, & Ad-rock give us theirs.
Rare has there been a group that has stayed as relevant and fresh and inventive for as long as the B-Boys. A style all their own, grew as artists, and produced no less than four of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. As mindfuckingly awesome in the studio, music videos and live performances alike.

I'm out of words, so now I will listen to MCA, Mike D, & Ad-rock give us theirs.
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5:08PM on 05/04/2012
Wow.. this is the first site I checked this morning and this is such terrible news to start the day with. Beastie Boys were pioneers and this dude kicked ass. I was just watching on VH1 the top Yo MTV Raps moments and they had one with the Boys taking a stroll through their old Brooklyn neighborhood.

This is tragic, truly tragic
Wow.. this is the first site I checked this morning and this is such terrible news to start the day with. Beastie Boys were pioneers and this dude kicked ass. I was just watching on VH1 the top Yo MTV Raps moments and they had one with the Boys taking a stroll through their old Brooklyn neighborhood.

This is tragic, truly tragic
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4:55PM on 05/04/2012

such a loss

One of my favorite musicians, and after I converted to Buddhism, he was a role model for me growing up. I appreciate everything he gave to us in this life.
One of my favorite musicians, and after I converted to Buddhism, he was a role model for me growing up. I appreciate everything he gave to us in this life.
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