It was just reported earlier today that Adam Yauch, who was MCA from The Beastie Boys, has passed away. He lost his three-year battle with cancer early on Friday, May 5th, 2012. He was only 47 years old.
He was also well-known for his activist work in Tibet, and contributing to the Free Tibet movement. He is survived by his wife (whom he met while in Tibet, both were attending a speech by the Dali Lama) and their fourteen-year-old daughter.
These guys were a part of my childhood and adolescence growing up, hell, License to Ill came out when I was only two, and were still there when I went to college, and beyond. I'm not a super-fan or anything, but I guess I'm still kind of a fan, hell, it's a bit hard not to be, in my opinion, I mean, it's The Beastie Boys. I still listen to their songs on the radio and YouTube, from their oldest hits to their newest ones, I have a couple MP3's of their songs, and, even if I wasn't a huge fan of a particular song, I still always ended up liking the video. These guys always managed to bring a smile to my face, it's hard to imagine that they're even nearly fifty, much less that one of them is now gone.