adam yauch*(Via The  Hollywood Reporter) – Adam Yauch, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year with his pioneering rap trio Beastie Boys and founded the indie film company Oscilloscope Pictures, has died. He was 47.

Russell Simmons, co-founder of Beastie Boys label Def Jam, broke the news Friday on his website GlobalGrind. Details of his death were not immediately available.

“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,” Simmons said.

In 2009, Yauch was treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node and underwent surgery and radiation therapy, delaying the group’s release of the group’s album Hot Sauce Committee and a tour that included a headlining slot at Lollapalooza.

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