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5 May 2012, 08:46 | Updated: 5 May 2012, 09:06
The music world has been reacting to sad news that the rapper has passed away.
Katy Perry has been among the music stars taking to Twitter to offer their thoughts and condolences on the tragic news that Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch died aged 47 yesterday (4th may).
The 'Intergalactic' star, who went by the name MCA in the famous trio, lost his three year battle with cancer according to the official statement from the band.
Taking to her social network account, Katy simply wrote: "RIP Adam Yauch."
Nicki Minaj added: "Sending love to his fans & family," after she retweeted a tribute message from Nas.
Speaking to MTV, fellow rapper Eminem said how missed the star will be and noted the positivity he brought upon the world.
"Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and pioneers and Adam will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Mike D., and Ad-Rock," he confessed.
Writing on his 'Life + Times' blog, Jay-Z wrote: "May a great musical pioneer rest in peace. Our prayers go out to his family, as his hip hop family mourns our loss and celebrates his life."
Aside from his impressive musical honours, including a total of 7 Grammy Awards, Adam was the founder of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Adam is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.