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Friday, May 4, 2012

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, Dead at 47

Posted by on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

TMZ is reporting that Adam Yauch, aka MCA, has passed away. I'm rocking Paul's Boutique all day in honor. Yauch is survived by his wife and daughter. RIP, sir.

See more from Larry Mizell, Charles Mudede, and Dave Segal.

Watch his diagnosis announcement after the cut:


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Megan Seling 1
Fuck. You will be missed, MCA.
Posted by Megan Seling on May 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM · Report this
biffp 2
Fucking bummer. There goes my youth. That just sucks. I remember the first time I saw them on the Joan Rivers show.
Posted by biffp on May 4, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
Fuck. He seemed like a good guy. He was into the Tibetan religious stuff. If I recall correctly the Book of Living and Dying had many suggestions for how to die without suffering, and I hope that was his experience.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 4, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
GlamB0t 4
This is tremendously sad.

Rest in Peace, Adam.
Posted by GlamB0t on May 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Report this
biffp 5
January 87, everythign exists on the internet.…
Posted by biffp on May 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Posted by biffp on May 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this
So cool. So funny. Too young.
Posted by DOUG. on May 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM · Report this
Megan Seling 8
@5 Oh man, thank you for posting that!
Posted by Megan Seling on May 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM · Report this
Jeff Kirby 9
An excellent musician and human being. RIP.
Posted by Jeff Kirby on May 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM · Report this
i liked that dude.
Posted by deepconcentration on May 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 11
Sorry to hear it. I didn't know he was that sick.
Posted by Matt from Denver on May 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 12
RIP. damn man
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on May 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
lukeiscool 13
Thanks for posting the Paul's Boutique link, that was just what I was gonna sync up. Sad sad day.
Posted by lukeiscool on May 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 14

We played Sabotage and our classical music-playing PI still didn't know who he was or who the Beastie Boys were.

If you want to live forever, become a symphony orchestra musician or a blues artist.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM · Report this
wingedkat 15
So Sad. Dang, I'm shocked. I didn't know it was going so badly for him.

I remember the cancer announcement, how optimistic it was. That was right after my mother had been given 6 months to live with hers. In the end, he survived her by only 3 months. Guess you just can't tell how these things will go.
Posted by wingedkat on May 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM · Report this
I'm so devastated I can't even articulate a thoughtful post. MCA seemed like a sincerely awesome and kind person. If it was possible to pick a favorite Beastie Boy, he'd be mine. RIP.
Posted by mitten on May 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM · Report this
I fucking hate cancer
Posted by Kelly O on May 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Irena 18
Oh, wow... that is so, so sad. I don't listen to them much anymore, but they were my favourite band for a long time, back in the day. I wonder if I still have that copy of Interview with them on the cover?

Sorry to see you go so soon, MCA. Thanks for sharing your mad crazy spirit with us.
Posted by Irena on May 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
derek_erdman 19
Posted by derek_erdman on May 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
pour out some of my brass monkey
Posted by Revcom on May 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM · Report this
David Schmader 21
So sad. He's been making records since I was sucking my mother's dick. RIP, my raspy-voiced Beastie Boy dream date.
Posted by David Schmader on May 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM · Report this
@2, 5, 6: Thanks for that. I remember watching it back then too, and being surprised at how likable and funny they were.
Posted by yuiop on May 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Irena 23
@16 I hear you. He won my heart with this line:

"to all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends, I wanna offer my love and respect to the end..."

It seemed very gutsy at the time, to offer an apology like that. Strong man.
Posted by Irena on May 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM · Report this
Tres d├ęsole
Posted by oxyala trio on May 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM · Report this
wisepunk 25
Very sad day for me. My fav band ever, I had so many good times seeing them live. I guess my last memory of him would be of him sitting in the door of the green room at the old Croc, smoking a cig in full defiance of the smoking ban. Time to listen to the B-Boys distortion tracks, I will be crying in my bunk.
Posted by wisepunk on May 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM · Report this
@21 - Whuh? your mother's whuh? 0_o
Posted by subwlf on May 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
David Schmader 27
21: (It's my favorite MCA quote.)
Posted by David Schmader on May 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM · Report this
Any of us can only hope to be as productive and as committed in as many areas as he was. On top of his own musical pioneering, his help in resurrecting Bad Brains, his political activism, and his thoughtful spirituality, he also founded the company that is single-handedly keeping worthwhile indie film distribution alive in this country.

Amazing guy. R.I.P.
Posted by d.p. on May 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM · Report this
knobtheunicorn 29
He's in Brooklyn now riding that D train in the sky. R.I.P mr.Hornblower, yous was one cool cucumber.
Posted by knobtheunicorn on May 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
knobtheunicorn 30
now all I wanna do is give/get a big hug from Biz.
Posted by knobtheunicorn on May 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM · Report this
biffp 31
@22, I remember MCA sitting behind Joan's desk. I bought the album a couple times b/c it wore out. Friends thought I was an idiot listening to rap group stealing Led Zeppelin clips.
Posted by biffp on May 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM · Report this
biffp 32
Mariners are going to take the field to a Beastie Boys song tonight? If that's true, very cool.
Posted by biffp on May 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 33

>>"i liked that dude."

Posted by Ipso Facto on May 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM · Report this
Anybody have a link showing 'the photo' from the Key Arena/Hello Nasty show? One of my all time favorite concert moments.
Posted by db13 on May 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM · Report this
I feel old. RIP
Posted by Swearengen on May 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM · Report this
matt clark 36
This loss has hit me harder than anything since 1994. RIP man, never a sellout.
Posted by matt clark on May 5, 2012 at 9:56 AM · Report this
michijo 37
I read he became a vegan to deal with the cancer. I think that sometimes becoming a vegan is too hard on your body. It may have been a bad idea. Especially as any form of radiation treatment needs extra protein to rebuild the normal cells it is destroying as the cancer cells are annihilated. I had cancer and started eating steak and chicken every night, and it went away. I used to listen to them. They were funny. I still have mp3s of early stuff like High Plains Drifter.
Posted by michijo on May 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM · Report this
Ipso Facto 38

To imply Adam's vegan diet contributed to his death is outlandish and contrary to scientific findings. Please don't sully a tribute thread with that provocative rhetoric.

For those interested, there is growing research indicating a proper vegan diet improves health in countless ways and helps to protect the human body from cancer in particular, while consuming animal protein, particularly red meat is associated with increased risk of cancer. For an entertaining overview of the health benefits of veganism, check out the movie Forks Over Knives.

Sadly, Adam did not adopt a vegan diet until after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was also taking "Tibetan medicine" to treat his condition.
Posted by Ipso Facto on May 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM · Report this
michijo 39
@38 I think you rather missed my point, it was that he adopted the diet as response to cancer, and that Veganism is perhaps more preventative than some magical cancer cure after you already have the diagnosis. That was my point. I am aware that red meat is not good for you. Having been radiated myself for lymphoma and having a surgery, you can be assured I know what causes cancer by now. I read that, however, studies show vegetarians do not normally live longer than meat eaters. People who eat fish, such as in the okinawa diet, tend to have the longest lives. One of the things I ate a lot of when I had cancer were Salmon Fish Oil pills and vitamin D supplements. Also, I admit to eating uncooked vegetables and Turkey.
Posted by michijo on May 6, 2012 at 11:07 AM · Report this
michijo 40
Also, I wonder if he had a dietitian helping him with vegetarianism, whether or not he took vitamin B12 supplements, etc, because you cant get B12 from vegetables. I personally dont trust Tibetans. The Tibetan doctor who advised him to be a vegan was obviously a quack.
Posted by michijo on May 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM · Report this
michijo 41
He should have eaten Colonel's Chicken and drank Heineken Brew, as per the instructions in the song he wrote "Slow Ride".
Posted by michijo on May 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM · Report this
MCA was definitely an amazing and at the same time, a humble guy.
I remember seeing him with some people at a bagel shop in Santa Cruz and then when leaving, saw him squeezed in the backseat of like, a VW Golf or something.
No "Rockstar"attitude at all. Rest in peace, holmes.
Posted by aeros66 on May 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM · Report this

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