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The music world continues to mourn the death of Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch. "MCA" passed away Friday at 47 after a long battle with cancer.

Friends and celebs are stepping forward to pay tribute to Yauch (pictured below, middle with Beasties Ad Rock and Mike D) and his pioneering influence.

Coldplay honored Adam Yauch with a Beastie Boys cover in concert, while many other stars took to Twitter to express their sadness. A sampling:

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Snoop Dogg: "RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4life"

Travis Barker: "Rest In Peace Adam Yauch /MCA. 4ever somebody i looked up to & had the pleasure of meeting. Damn this bums me out, we lost one of the best"

Kevin Smith: "RIP Adam Yauch. You made my teenage years more fun and your art made it easier for me to do what I do. For a Beastie, you sure were a beaut."

Common: "God Bless the soul of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. RIP"

Rainn Wilson: "RIP Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys). He was a super-genius, a visionary and, most importantly, a really good person."

Rob Thomas: "holy s--t. R.I.P. ADAM YAUCH. MCA, you will be missed."

Slash: "Sad day. MCA was f--king awesome. RIP man. We'll miss you very much."

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by Free Britney at . Comments

The Beastie Boys' MCA, real name Adam Yauch, has died.

The hip hop pioneer was 47. In 2009, MCA announced he was being treated for cancer of the parotid gland and a lymph node. He underwent surgery and radiation therapy.

It is unclear as of this posting whether Yauch's death was related to cancer.

Adam Yauch (MCA)

MCA co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 (yes, 1979) with Mike D, and Ad Rock, and went on to churn out some of the most iconic albums in hip-hop.

They trio landed their big break after working with young producer Rick Rubin, who would sign them to his newly-formed Def Jam Recordings in 1984.

License to Ill, Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication won the group multiple Grammys and a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Yauch is survived by his wife and daughter. He will be missed by many.

Russell Simmons' site GlobalGrind (dot) com first reported his death. What are your favorite memories of Yauch, and of the Beastie Boys in general?

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In a video on their official site, Beastie Boys Adam Yauch and Adam Horovitz, a.k.a. MCA and Ad Rock, said they must cancel their summer tour.

The reason? Adam Yauch has cancer.

He recalled in the sad video: "About two months ago, I started feeling a little lump in my throat that you would feel if you had like swollen glands or something like that, or you'd feel if you had a cold."

"I really didn't think it was anything. But then just recently when we were over in Europe doing promotion. I called my doctor and saw him when I got back, and this was about two weeks ago, and he sent me to a specialist."

"They did tests, and I actually have a form of cancer in the gland."

Adam Yauch remains upbeat - at least as much as one can be when announcing one has a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland and a lymph node.

He says it's "very treatable." Here's hoping he's right ...

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