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Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony Dedicated to Beastie Boys’ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch

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Producers of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony have added a dedication to recent inductee Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who passed away unexpectedly on May 4.

As PopCrush reports, a spokesperson from premium cable network HBO reveals that tonight’s (May 5) 9PM ET telecast will be dedicated to Yauch. A picture of the rapper/director with the texts “In Memory of Adam Yauch” will be shown at the conclusion of the broadcast. The two-plus hour show was already altered to include Band drummer Levon Helm and entertainment icon Dick Clark during the “In Memoriam” segment. Both died the week following the April 14 ceremony.

Yauch was unable to attend the event to accept his induction alongside his Beastie Boys cohorts, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond, due to health reasons. Yauch’s mother Frances told The New York Times that her son was admitted to the hospital on the same night, and his condition quickly deteriorated leading up to his death.

“He was a very courageous person,” she told the Times. “He fought a long battle with cancer. He was hopeful to the very end… It all just seemed to happen overnight… He was a terrific guy and had a brief but really wonderful life. We are really proud of him.”

Yauch may have not been able to make it to the hall of fame ceremony, but he was there in spirit. Ad-Rock read a letter written by Yauch which read:

I’d like to dedicate this award to my brothers, Adam and Mike, who’ve walked the globe with me.

To anyone who’s been touched by our band, who our music has meant something to, this induction is as much ours as it is yours. To Kate Schellenbach. To John Berry. To John Berry’s loft on 100th St. in Brooklyn where John’s dad would come busting in during our first practices screaming, “Would you turn that f—ing s— off already!”…

To my loving and supportive parents, Noel and Frances Yauch, and to our home in Brooklyn where we used to practice on hot Brooklyn days after school, windows wide open to disturb the neighborhood…

But most of all I’d like to thank and dedicate this honor to my smart, beautiful and loving wife Dechen and our sweet, talented, loving daughter Tenzin. Never has a man felt more blessed than I to be able to spend my time with my two soulmates. I love you guys more than you know.

I wish I could name everyone who deserves to be named, but of course there’s too many names to name. You know who you are, and I sent my love out to all of you.

Your friend, Adam Yauch.

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