Tributes paid to Beastie Boys star

Tributes paid to Beastie Boys star

A number of celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Adam Yauch.

The Beastie Boys co-founder - also known as MCA - passed away yesterday after battling cancer in his parotid gland and a lymph node since 2009.

Justin Timberlake wrote:

The Black Eye Peas' will.i.am wrote:

Run DMC'S Reverend Run was equally distraught, writing:

Public Enemy star Chuck D also paid tribute to the rapper:

The Beastie Boys, which also comprises Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) have not performed live since the summer of 2009, and the rapper's illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for their album 'Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2'.

Adam is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel.

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