"The world is in need of many more like him..."

Beastie Boys have issued a short statement following the death of Adam Yauch (MCA).

For a band so noted for their irreverence and humour, the passing of Adam Yauch was treated with complete sincerity. Confirming news of his death, Beastie Boys posted a comprehensive obituary on their website, listing his achievements and passing respects to the late rapper's family.

Over the past few days fans have bombarded the group with messages of support, underlining the influence of MCA's legacy. Now Mike D has posted a short statement online, containing a few thoughts on the life of Adam Yauch.

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I know, we should have tweeted and instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now. But honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother. I miss Adam so much. He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humor can accomplish. The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam. BTW this photo sent to me by a friend, (thanks Saslow) is just one awesome example of how NYC is such a unique place that amidst it's huge size and frenetic pace it really opens up it's heart in so many ways and on on so many levels in times like these. And though it makes me cry sometimes, it has been really amazing and moving to see.

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