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Adam Yauch remembered on first anniversary of death

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May 06, 2013 | 1:20am EDT

Beastie Boys fans in New York paid their respects to late rapper Adam 'Mca' Yauch on Saturday (04May13) on the first anniversary of his death. Yauch, who died of throat cancer aged 47 on 4 May last year (12), was remembered in his native Brooklyn as devotees marked the annual MCA Day at the industrial Littlefield art space. Photographs of the Intergalactic hitmakers at the start of their career were on display at the all-day event, and Yauch's loved ones also took the stage to remember their pal. The Beastie Boys' longtime confidant DJ Hurricane recalled the rapper's goofy sense of humour: "At this show back in 1987 the opening band, Murphy's Law, couldn't make it. So we dressed up in suits and moustaches, like the Sabotage video. Adam shoves this banana in his pants and it fell down during the show. I had to be the lead singer, so I grabbed two mics and just screamed. It was a mess!" He added, "MCA Day is official. And it looks like it's gonna get bigger and bigger." House of Pain star Danny Boy O'Connor told the crowd about going on tour with the Beastie Boys when he was just 21: "(Our song) Jump Around was number one on the charts. We were ready to go buck wild. But (the Beastie Boys) were all, 'We're into the Dalai Lama now.' I'm their number one fan. I wanted to be them so bad it hurt." On Friday (03May13), Yauch's mother Frances and bandmate Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz unveiled the newly renamed Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights.

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