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Pioneers certainly mourn for other pioneers. Chuck D of Public Enemy is rocked by the news that his close friend, Beastie Boys’ rapper Adam Yauch, has passed away.

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Adam Yauch has supported Chuck D’s career from the very beginning.

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Chuck shared his thoughts with GlobalGrind, saying:

“Last night, I took a 14 hour flight to Sydney, Australia from LA, embarking on PE’s 80th tour in 25 years. I just landed to 65 texts with the news. Adam and the Boys put us on our first tour 25 years and 79 tours ago. They were essential to our beginning, middle and today. Adam especially was unbelievable in our support from then ’til now, even allowing me to induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I consider myself a strong man and my father says be prepared to lose many in your post-50 path of life. Still, I’m a bit teary-eyed leaving this plane. R.I.P. Adam aka MCA.”

We all will forever remember Adam’s impact on his friends, family and on the music.