Adam Yauch 

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Hip-hop lost one of its greats in the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, better known as MCA. Yauch passed away at the age of 47 today, May 4, following a long battle with cancer, leaving the world both shocked and saddened. Fans of all genres were devastated by the news — and many took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the Brooklyn legend. Some used lyrics, some used memories, but all were universally heartbroken. #RIPMCA.

 

Still reeling from the news of Adam Yauch's death. Few others in this industry I admired more. We have lost a titan #RIPMCA

 

 

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys is here. #RIPMCA

 

 

Namaste to the guy who taught me the word. #RIPMCA

 

 

He's still got more suits than Jacoby & Myers. #RIPMCA

 

 

No. Sleep. Till the Pearly gates… If they existed #ripmca

 

 

If you wear Puma Clydes or adidas Campuses, you can thank the Beasties for that. #RIPMCA

 

 

First and best examples that if you understand, appreciate and love Hip Hop, you can be yourself and make a contribution. #RIPMCA

 

 

#ripmca So sad to hear that Adam passed away. He will not be forgotten. A legend in hip hop, heart goes out to his family and friends

 

 

Yauch had real soul. The day after 9/11 he was the first person I heard talking about compassion. A legend and a loss. #RIPMCA

 

 

#ripmca ): he's 1n73rg4l471c now 4eva