Adam Yauch, founding member of Brooklyn hip hop group The Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47.
The sad news was broken by longtime friend Russell Simmons, who was the band’s mentor during their early days on the scene. He told People Magazine:
“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.”
In 2009, he announced that a cancerous tumor was discovered in his left salivary gland. The band postponed the release of their new album.
Adam is survived by his wife Dechen Wangdu and their 13-year-old daughter Tenzin Losel Yauc.