Jay-Z, Green Day, Eminem, Weezer, Tom Morello, Slash pay tribute to Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch

Nas, The Strokes, Justin Timberlake, Graham Coxon also pay their respects to the rapper, who has died at 47

Jay-Z, Green Day, Eminem, Weezer, Tom Morello, Slash pay tribute to Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch

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A host of musicians have paid tribute to Adam Yauch, one third of the influential rap group the Beastie Boys, who has passed away at the age of 47.

Yauch, who was also known as MCA, was diagnosed with cancer of the preaortic gland and lymph node in July 2009 and had been fighting the disease ever since.

Jay-Z wrote: "May a great musical pioneer rest in peace. Our prayers go out to his family, as his hip-hop family mourns our loss and celebrates his life" at Life + Times.

Eminem said to MTV News: "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and pioneers and Adam will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Mike D, and Ad-Rock."

Chuck D of Public Enemy responded to the sad news through Global Grind, saying: "Adam and the Boys put us on our first tour 25 years and 79 tours ago. They were essential to our beginning, middle and today. Adam especially was unbelievable in our support from then 'til now, even allowing me to induct them into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. I consider myself a strong man and my father says be prepared to lose many in your post-50 path of life. Still, I'm a bit teary-eyed leaving this plane. R.I.P. Adam aka MCA."

Rapper Nas commented: "One of my greatest moments in music was when I worked with the Beastie Boys... Now today I'm hearing our brother is gone. I prayed this would not happen... MCA was so cool, man. We had great talks about what it was like for them in the beginning, getting into the rap game. I'll never forget that experience for the rest of my life. MCA is true legend who influenced me. God bless his soul and his loved ones."

On their blog, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs wrote: "MCA. You lived so many lives in your time here. Equal parts Musician, activist, philanthropist, director, producer, and father. You taught us how to be cool while getting older, and showed us how to be caring and how to laugh through the same medium. Who else could be friends with the Dalai Lama and also produce the Bad Brains?"

Meanwhile, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day took to Twitter to remember his friendship with Yauch, writing:



The Strokes wrote:



Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine also paid tribute:



As did Red Hot Chili Peppers's bassist Flea:



Busta Rhymes wrote:



While Justin Timberlake said:



Weezer said that Yauch was 'inspirational':



Rapper Common wrote:



And Blink-182’s Travis Barker said the news 'bums me out':



Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic remembered Yauch not just for his music, but his social activism:



Ryan Adams said:



Slash called Yauch 'fucking awesome':



While rapper MC Hammer paid a simpler tribute:



Graham Coxon also kept it simple, saying:



Corey Taylor of Slipknot commented:



Tributes also came pouring in from outside the world of music too, with actor Ben Stiller heralding Yauch's 'integrity':



Talk show host Jimmy Fallon also praised Yauch's talent as a director:



Even the Occupy Wall Street movement offered their respects:




Obituary: Adam Yauch 1964-2012

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