Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch honoured by New York State Senate

Senate mourns Yauch, naming him 'a man of colossal talent and charisma'

Beastie Boys‘ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch has been honoured by the local government in his home state of New York.

Yauch, who was also known as MCA, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and succumbed to the disease earlier this month, aged 47.

The rapper, who grew up in New York and lived there throughout his life, was honoured by the city’s state senate on Tuesday (May 15).

The state senate passed a resolution which declared that it was “mourning the death of famed rapper and activist Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch”, writing that he “exemplified New York” and helped rejuvenate the city during the band’s influential early years.

The senate also praised Yauch’s work outside of the band, which included his pro-Tibet Milarepa Fund and the film distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories. In the resolution, they described him as “a man of colossal talent and charisma”.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Jay-Z, Green Day, Eminem, Weezer, Tom Morello and Slash are among the bands and musicians who have paid tribute to Yauch, who died on May 4.

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