Beastie Boys pay tribute
Beastie Boys' Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam Ad-Rock" Horovitz have paid tribute to their late band mate Adam Yauch, who died on Friday.
"I know, we should have tweeted and instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now," Mike D wrote on the group's Facebook page.
"But honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother. I miss Adam so much.
"He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humour can accomplish. The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam."
Ad-Rock took to the band's blog to thank family and friends for their support. "As you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. But i wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support.
"I'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. thank you."
Madonna joined the long list of celebrities to paid tribute to the rapper.
The superstar, for whom the Beastie Boys opened on tour in 1985, said Yauch, was one of a kind and that the group was important to her musical history.
The singer says the seminal hip-hop group was ''integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time.''
Coldplay paid tribute to Yauch with their piano-ballad interpretation of the Beastie Boys' hymne Fight for Your Right (To Party) during their concert at the Hollywood Bowl on May 4.
US indie chart-toppers fun. burst into the opening verse of Sabotage during a May 4 concert in Washington, D.C.
MCA was also on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' minds throughout their May 4 concert in Newark, New Jersey. "We lost a good man today," frontman Anthony Kiedis told the crowd, according to Billboard. "He left the world a lot of beauty. I hope you carry that flame. Adam was for real."
The band also played some musical tributes including What'cha Want.
Yauch's representatives confirmed that the rapper died Friday morning in New York after a nearly three-year battle with cancer.
Also known as MCA, Yauch was diagnosed with a cancerous salivary gland in 2009. At the time, Yauch expressed hope it was "very treatable," but his illness caused the group to cancel shows and delayed the release of their 2011 album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.
He hadn't performed in public since 2009 and was absent when the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.
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