Death of Beastie Boys Rapper Cues Gen X Heartbreak Across the World (VIDEO)

Michael 'Mike D' Diamond Rachael Horovitz Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz Adam 'MCA' Yauch The Beastie Boys
Michael 'Mike D' Diamond, Rachael Horovitz, Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz, and Adam 'MCA' Yauch of The Beastie Boys back in 2009
Oh please, say it isn't so -- original Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch, also known as "MCA," has died. For anyone who grew up in '80s -- and surely many others -- this day marks the end of a rowdy, reckless, and damn fine era. Cue Gen X heartbreak across the world.

Beastie Boys' music, specifically "Licensed to Ill," permeates the memories of my wild and wonderful high school years. "You Gotta Fight for Your Right (to Party!)," "Paul Revere," "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," "She's Crafty," and "Brass Monkey" made good racket in many days and nights of celebrating youth for everything that's fabulous about youth -- being loud and unruly, speaking our minds, having fun, and driving around in cars with boys (real and Beastie), belting out some of the most poetically genius and playful lyrics of our time.

It's hard to believe he's gone.

Yauch was just 47 years old, and he is survived by his wife Dechen Wangdu, and their 13-year-old daughter, Tenzin Losel Yauch. He was a practicing Buddhist. The cause of death is still unknown; however, Yauch had undergone surgery and radiation therapy for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node in the past few years. We still don't know if his death was an outcome of his struggle against cancer.

Beastie Boys album cover

This is heartbreaking news, to say the least, and our hearts go out to Yauch's family, former bandmates, and friends. He may be gone but his legacy and the memories he gave us will never be forgotten.

I frickin' love this song:

Are you a fan of the Beastie Boys? What's your favorite Beastie Boys song or memory?


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Flori... Floridamom96

I don't even know what to say. Saw them in concert when I was 13 and they were totally awesome! I have always enjoyed a good Beastie Boys song. What a tragedy. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. They must be devastated.

Irish... IrishQuinn

So sad to hear of his passing. May he r.i.p. :(

nonmember avatar Stella

So sad over this. Beastie Boys was the first band that my son (6yo) could recognize on the radio. Had a dream that maybe this would be his first concert...RIP MCA.

jalaz77 jalaz77

I was so bummed to hear of his passing.  I knew he had cancer but never heard how far advanced it was. Little ill feeling in my stomach.   

nonmember avatar e

Won concert tickets off the radio in the summer of 97 and they did Billy Joel's "Big Shot". Crazy, amazing talent. RIP

sunny... sunnytxmom

He was such a talented guy and left this world way too soon. The Beatie Boys are definitely in the soundtrack of my life. He will be missed :(

butte... butterflyfreak

Just whatever you do, DON'T go to the Rolling Stones website for the story. Bunch of rude jerks leaving asshole statements in the comments section. I was so disgusted by some of the comments, and it just makes me sad that people really have no respect anymore.

RIP MCA! Haters gonna hate, but the ones who matter will always love you!

nonmember avatar John Dixon

A true talent was lost but never will be forgotten ,thanks for all the great music.if I could find a bottle of brass monkey I'd toast your memory with all my teenage friends.

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