It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since The Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch tragically passed away.
We lost Yauch at the age of 47 from ‘salivary gland neoplasm.’ In 2009, he was diagnosed for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node, which was unsuccessfully treated. He underwent surgery and radiation therapy, and became a vegan under guidance from Tibetan doctors. His illness delayed the release of Hot Sauce Committee Part Two and the Beastie Boys’ upcoming tour. Yauch also hit to miss the video shoots for this album.
One of his wishes in his will was that the Beastie Boys’ music never be used in advertising. It may not be legally valid, but we’re sure if company that tries to ink a deal, the fans will be ready to attack.
Alongside being a rapping member of the group, Yauch also directed many of their music videos under the pseudonym “Nathanial Hörnblowér.”
Some of his other accomplishments include:
Opening Oscilloscope Labroatories recording studio in New York City in 2002
Starting an independent film distributing company called Oscilloscope Pictures
Directing the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film, Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!, and the 2008 film Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot
Producing Build a Nation, the comeback album from hardcore/punk band Bad Brains
Receiving Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College (where he attended for two years), given “in recognition of a significant contribution to the American artistic or literary heritage.”