Adam Yauch, founding and gruffest-voiced member of the Beastie Boys is dead at 47. Yauch had being going through cancer treatment since 2009 after being diagnosed with a tumor in his salivary gland and did not attend the Beastie Boys’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and yet, the news is blind-siding. Aside from his iconic influence on hip hop, Yauch had also co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts in the ’90s and in 2002, launched one of the last and best independent film production/distribution companies, Oscilloscope Laboratories. (Original photo: Michael Morel)