May 4th, 2012
02:32 PM ET
The music industry lost a legend Friday when Adam "MCA" Yauch died in New York City after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. He was 47.
Yauch was a founding member of the rap trio the Beastie Boys, and the sorrow at the news of his death was seen most immediately on Twitter.
Rev Run, himself a member of the seminal group Run DMC, tweeted Friday that he was "devastated."
"Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys," he added. "Youll be missed!"
The group's early manager Russell Simmons, added on his website GlobalGrind.com, "Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist, who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us."
Yauch had been battling cancer since 2009, and was unable to attend the Beastie Boys' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month as a result.
He was, however, there in spirit, and his fellow Beastie Boys, Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, read a letter he'd written for the honor.
"I'd like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike," Horovitz read. "They walked around the globe with me. It's also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours."
Indeed, many have been touched by the group, including Chuck D and LL Cool J, who honored Yauch and the Beastie Boys for being a "world-class hip-hop act." LL, himself respected as a pioneer in the genre, said that evening that he "wouldn't be here today without them. The Beastie Boys actually played my demo for Rick Rubin in his NYU dorm room."
On Friday, in the wake of Yauch's passing, another major hip-hop figure, Big Daddy Kane, expressed his condolences and called Yauch "a pioneer, legend & OG that will be missed."
"Community" actor Donald Glover has also made a name for himself as the rapper Childish Gambino, and he posted Friday that "Adam Yauch was an amazing artist and one of the nicest people I've ever met. His music was some of my favorite. Truly saddened."
The music Yauch created with the Beastie Boys stretched far and wide. On Friday, the group's classics like "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" and "Brass Monkey," along with their albums "Check Your Head," "Paul's Boutique" and "License to Ill" were all trending topics. (Rapper Bun B tweeted of the cut, "Brass Monkey was the worst tasting liquor ever. And we drank it anyway. Cuz the song was so jamming. RIP MCA.")
"Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."
And that's just a small example of what Yauch meant to so many. Here's a collection of condolences and memories that've been shared on the musician's death:
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