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Beastie Boys Member Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch Dead at 47: Stars React on Twitter

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The shocking and heartbreaking loss of Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch (MCA) today left stars speechless … except, of course, when those speeches are 140 characters or less. Yauch passed away at the age of 47 today, May 4. The rapper was battling cancer in the parotid gland, which is the largest of the salivary glands, as well in a lymph node. The 'Intergalactic' rapper had undergone both surgery and radiation as part of his therapy. Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as bandmates Adam Horowitz (Ad-Rock) and Mike Diamond (Mike D). Snoop Dogg and Estelle were some of the very first to express their condolences for the Brooklyn-bred MCA, while other MCs like Ludacris and artists like Justin Timberlake were quick to follow suit, rapidly creating the “#RIPMCA” hashtag. Here are some Twitter tributes to the fallen hip-hop icon.


Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg): RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4life



Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake): Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. #RIPMCA



jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon): So sad to hear of the passing of Adam Yauch. He was a great performer, director, father, humanitarian and New Yorker. #RIPMCA



Estelle (@EstelleDarlings): RIP Adam Yauch of the LEGENDARY Beastie Boys … damn.



Ludacris (@Ludacris): R.I.P. MCA from the Beastie Boys. He was an integral part of building the Def Jam label that I am a part of today. Condolences to the Fam



fareastmovement (@fareastmovement): Cuz u can't u won't and u don't stop. Always make noise for MCA. RIP to the illest. Dam this can't be real



Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles): So so sad to hear about Adam Yauch. Oh man oh man. :((



josh groban (@joshgroban): Oh no. This just sucks beyond measure. RIP MCA.



christina perri (@christinaperri): dear adam, i pray ur resting now in funky peace.



Travis Barker (@travisbarker): Rest In Peace Adam Yauch /MCA. 4ever somebody i looked up to & had the pleasure of meeting. Damn this bums me out, we lost one of the best



OneRepublic (@OneRepublic): R.I.P Adam MCA. Beastie Boys remain untouchable



HANSON (@hansonmusic): RIP #adamyauch @Beastieboys. Our prayers go out to his friends and family.



Nasir Jones (@Nas): RIP MCA!!!! – My prayers go out to The Beastie Boys and their families.



Travis Barker (@travisbarker): Rest In Peace Adam Yauch /MCA. 4ever somebody i looked up to & had the pleasure of meeting. Damn this bums me out, we lost one of the best



Steve Aoki (@steveaoki): ahhh man… rest in peace to the one and only MCA. wow. terrible news


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