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Adam Yauch: 1964-2012

A look back at the career of the Beastie Boys rapper, rocker, director and activist.

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Hip-hop pioneers

Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Borough boys

NEW YORK - JANUARY 01: NEW YORK - UNSPECIFIED DATE: (L-R) Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz), MCA (Adam Yauch) and Mike D (Mike Diamond) of the Beastie Boys pose on a rooftop in New York City in 1994. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
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Dressed to ill

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Mic controller

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys during The 106.7 KROQ "Weenie Roast" Concert 2004 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
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Caught on film

The Beastie Boys, from left, Adam Horowitz, also known as Ad-Rock, Mike Diamond, also known as Mike D, and Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, are photographed during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006. The Beastie Boys' documentary film "Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That," is screening at the Festival. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Back in Park City

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Musicians/directors Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys of the film "Awesome: I F*ckin' Shot That!" poses for a portrait at the Getty Images Portrait Studio during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2006 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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Stylin' and profilin'

NEW YORK - JUNE 5: (L-R) Musicians Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys arrive at the 11th Annual Webby Awards at Chipriani Wall Street June 5, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Adam Horovitz;Mike Diamond;Adam Yauch
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Global sensation

LONDON - JULY 7: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys performs on stage during the Live Earth London concert at Wembley Stadium July 7, 2007 in London, England. Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on 7/7/07, bringing together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Adam Yauch
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New York to the core

NEW YORK - MAY 02: Filmmaker and recording artist Adam Yauch speaks onstage at the Apple Soho store on May 2, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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Dapper rapper

NEW YORK - MAY 12: Musician Adam Yauch attends the "Welcome to Gulu" exhibition opening at the United Nations on May 12, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
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MCA

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 12: Adam "MCA" Yauch (R) of Beastie Boys performs on stage during Bonnaroo 2009 on June 12, 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption *** Adam Yauch
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Rhyme and reason

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Musician Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys aka MCA attends the premiere of "The Social Network" during the 48th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Adam Yauch
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Hip-hop pop

///Adam Yauch, aka "MCA" of the rap group Beastie Boys and his daugther Lossel at Amnesty International Spot Light awards for Human rights.
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