A founder of hip hop trio the Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch used his position and influence to heighten awareness and alter attitudes in the United States toward Chinese oppression in Tibet. Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 after a tumor was discovered in his salivary gland. A Beastie Boys representative confirmed that Yauch "passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer."
In addition to his musical influence, Adam Yauch co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts during the late 1990s.
Yauch is pictured above performing at the Exit Music Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, on July 14, 2007. The Exit Festival was started on the banks of the Danube as a protest against ongoing war in the former Yugoslavia.
Yauch's influence will not soon be forgotten.
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