The Beastie Boys’ 1980s heyday preceded Twitter by decades, but sorrowful messages following the death of Adam Yauch is dominating the social media site this afternoon.
The phrases Beastie Boys, RIPMCA, Paul Revere, Licensed To Ill and Brass Monkey all are trending at the moment and celebs are rushing to tweet words of support.
“Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch’s passing,” Lance Armstrong posted.
“A true pioneer of art,” Justin Timberlake said on his feed. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
“So sad to hear of the passing of Adam Yauch,” Jimmy Fallon posted. “He was a great performer, director, father, humanitarian and New Yorker.”
“R.I.P. Adam Yauch Beastie Boys,” posted M.C. Hammer.
Yauch, also known as MCA, had undergone surgery and radiation following a 2009 cancer diagnosis.
Music industry mogul Russell Simmons, Yauch’s mentor, posted a photo from the band’s prime era on his web site.
“Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist, who I loved dearly,” Simmons wrote. “I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us.”
The official Boyz II Men Twitter feed offered condolences.
“Sad sad day,” it read.
The artist’s passing transcended the music world.
“Born and Bred in Brooklyn, U.S.A., they call him Adam Yauch, but he’s M.C.A.,” tweeted U.S. Sen Chuck Schumer. ”RIP Adam.”
He added the hashtags #beastieboys and #nosleeptillbrooklyn
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