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As a co-founding member of the three-time Grammy-winning Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch was part of one of the most groundbreaking trios in hip-hop. The group’s music crossed genres and color lines, and helped bring rap to a wider audience. A rapper, musician and director, Yauch was an immense talent and creative visionary, and an instrumental force in the group’s career for more than three decades. In addition to his music and artistry, he was a philanthropist who devoted much of his energy to his passionate support for freedom of expression. The music world has lost a true trailblazer, and our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and fans throughout the world. _ Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy

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“Lots of us at MTV grew up with Adam and his Beastie brothers. He had a keen artistic eye and great wit that helped shape so many of the group’s music and videos. He made us want to rock, scream and laugh all in one breath. We will miss him as will his many fans.” _ Van Toffler, President of Viacom Music Group

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“It’s impossible to measure the influence Adam Yauch and The Beastie Boys have had on me personally, on hip-hop culture as a whole, and on rock and roll in general. His legacy here at Def Jam is nothing short of iconic _ he was one of the pioneering artists of this great label and family. We are filled with a sense of loss today…the Def Jam flag is at half mast. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones.” _ - President, Def Jam Recordings, the first label home of the Beastie Boys

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Adam Yauch was a pioneer who broke ground with his music and introduced hip hop to a wider audience. While we mourn the loss of one of our newest inductees, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is thankful to have been able to honor Adam before his passing. Just two weeks ago, band mate Adam Horowitz read Yauch’s acceptance letter at the 2012 induction ceremony and fellow inductees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers dedicated their performance to him. Yauch’s contributions to our culture as a musician, film director and advocate for the people of Tibet will be remembered forever.”_ Terry Stewart, President and CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

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“R I P Adam… I’m devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch’s family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!” _ Rev. Run from Run-DMC, via Twitter

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“(hash)RIPMCA the First Tape I ever bought as a kid was The Beastie Boys , Stank ya for the inspiration.” _ Big Boi of OutKast, via Twitter

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Adam Yauch (hash)RIPMCA. Thank you for Sabotage bass riff and many other great grooves. Adam also worked for justice and peace consciousness.”_ Krist Novoselic, via Twitter

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“Now playing: something’s got to give: BEASTIE BOYS R.I.P. M.C.A. One of the best hip-hop groups of all time! much love to MIKE-D and AD-ROCK.” _ Cee Lo Green, via Twitter

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