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Adam Yauch: Russell Simmons, Justin Timberlake, and More Mourn Beastie Boy on Twitter

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May 04, 2012 | 9:13am EDT

Beastie Boys, RIP Adam YauchThe music world was shattered today when Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, lost his long battle with cancer at the age of 47. While fans begin to mourn a legend lost, some famous names took to Twitter to share their tributes to Yauch. 

Russell Simmons, whose music site Global Grind broke the news about Yauch's passing, tweeted a sweet farewell to his longtime friend: "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 addition, celebs like Rev Run, Justin Timberlake, Common, and Donald Glover have taken to the social network to express their deep sadness at the music industry's immeasurable loss. Read what they had to say in 140 characters below. 

Rev Run: R I P Adam... I'm devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!

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

Justin Timberlake: 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. #RIPMCA

Donald Glover: 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. RIP MCA.

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

Jimmy Fallon:So sad to hear of the passing of Adam Yauch. He was a great performer, director, father, humanitarian and New Yorker. #RIPMCA

Tom Morello: Rip dear Adam Yauch. Words can't express the sadness and loss. Ur humor, talent & gentle soul are just irreplacable. Be at peace brother.

Q-Tip: RIP yauch and thank u mike and adam n adam 4 all of your help, the tours, the bball games, n great times. a humanitarian a tru friend

Boy George: Such sad news about Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. A fellow Buddhist and part of hip hop history!! R.I.P!

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.

Bryan Greenberg: SAD! The Beasties helped mold me. As a teen my bedroom was covered with their posters. R.I.P.# AdamYauch the Buddhist Beastie Philosopher

Occupy Wall Street: Adam Yauch marched with us in November over the Brooklyn Bridge. He was a visionary artist who never lost sight of his community. #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.

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