Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys dead at 47: Celebrity reactions

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, May 04, 2012

16 of 20: Entrepreneur and music pioneer Russell Simmons recognized rapper Adam Yauch, aka MCA upon learning of his death.

RIP Adam Yauch. My thoughts... http://bit.ly/KlPHkO,' he Tweeted, with a link leading to a post he composed.

'Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist, who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us.

In his passing, I want to share a yogic prayer.

This experience is tough for all of us to accept, but we know that we have only lost Adam in the physical world. His gifts will live forever. Adam is not dead because we're not. The eyes behind the eyes will always exist...your soul will always live. Even though our bodies rejuvenate every single cell every seven years, our consciousness will exist for eternity. There is one living, breathing journey of consciousness and we are all connected. God is the everlasting ocean of consciousness and we are just cups of this ocean. RIP MCA.'

(Pictured: Russell Simmons appears in a photo posted on his Twitter page.) ( Photo / twitter.com/unclerush)