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Pass the mic: Yauch, Beastie Boys over the years

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In this July 26, 2006 photo, Beastie Boys Adam 'MCA' Yauch, left, Adam Horovitz (Adrock), centre, and Mike Diamond (Mike D) pose for a photograph in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Harris) In this July 26, 2006 photo, Beastie Boys Adam 'MCA' Yauch, left, Adam Horovitz (Adrock), centre, and Mike Diamond (Mike D) pose for a photograph in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Harris)
In this May 12, 2009 file photo, musician Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys, attends a special evening to honor artist Ross Bleckner's appointment as Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations.(AP) In this May 12, 2009 file photo, musician Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys, attends a special evening to honor artist Ross Bleckner's appointment as Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations.(AP)

Adam "MCA" Yauch was the gravelly-voiced rapper who helped make the Beastie Boys one of the seminal groups in hip-hop. And his good-hearted nature led him to humanistic causes and made him beloved in the industry. He died Friday morning at 47 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer.

In a span of more than a quarter century that covered four No. 1 albums and more than 40 million records sold, the Beastie Boys played both prankster and pioneer- a simultaneously goofy and groundbreaking act that helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream.

The demure, gray-haired Yauch wasn't the most boastful B-Boy; he was the thoughtful one and a steady source of the trio's innovative spirit. A practicing Buddhist, he led the group in performing concerts to benefit Tibet and, as a filmmaker, he helped create their imagery.

Here are photos from throughout his career.

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