Surviving Beastie Boys Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond have made their first public comments on the death of their bandmate Adam "MCA" Yauch, who passed away last Friday (May 4th) at the age of 47 after a three-year battle with salivary gland cancer. The two men made their comments online after a worldwide outpouring of grief and tributes from fans, celebrities and even politicians.
Horovitz wrote at the official Beasties website: "As you can imagine, s*** is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. i'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. thank you."
Meanwhile, Diamond wrote an extensive post on Facebook, where he also included a photo of a Yauch tribute that appeared on the Jumbotron screen at New York's Madison Square Garden. Diamond wrote:
"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 -- Mike"
Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and six-year-old daughter Tenzin.
This past weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live honored Yauch's memory with an excerpt from a Beastie Boys performance on the show, while HBO's broadcast of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night (May 5th) was dedicated to the fallen musician.
Acts like Coldplay, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kid Rock and others paid tribute to Yauch with performances and written tributes over the weekend.