Following artists such as Coldplay, Madonna and fun. paying tribute to Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, who passed away on Friday at age 47 following a three-year battle with cancer, the late rapper’s bandmates Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock) and Michael Diamond (Mike D) added their voices to those mourning Yauch’s loss. Horovitz chose to blog a short message on the Beasties’ tumblr, while Diamond put up a Facebook photo of MCA being projected on the big screens at Madison Square Garden and accompanied it with some heartfelt words. See what both of them wrote below.
Ad-Rock’s tumblr blog:
“as you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. i’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. thank you.”
Mike D’s Facebook post:
“I know, we should have tweeted and instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now. But honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother. I miss Adam so much. He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humor can accomplish. The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam. BTW this photo sent to me by a friend, (thanks Saslow) is just one awesome example of how NYC is such a unique place that amidst it’s huge size and frenetic pace it really opens up it’s heart in so many ways and on on so many levels in times like these. And though it makes me cry sometimes, it has been really amazing and moving to see.”
Beastie Boys’ most recent album was 2011′s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, which produced the MTV VMA Video Of The Year-nominated song “Make Some Noise”. One question that may be on some fans’ minds is whether or not Horovitz and Diamond will carry on with Beastie Boys without Yauch — and at what capacity.
That’s a question that likely won’t be answered anytime soon, though, as, for now, the two appear to be very much so in mourning.