Madonna pays respects to late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

Monday May 7, 2012

Madonna has paid tribute to Adam Yauch, the Beastie Boys rapper who died on Friday, saying he was one of a kind and that the band was important to her musical history.

The singer said the seminal hip-hop group was "integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time".

Adam's representatives confirmed that the rapper, also known as MCA, died on the morning of Friday May 4 in New York after a nearly three-year battle with cancer.

Madonna has said she was sad to hear of Adam's death and asked "God to bless his family".

The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna on tour in the 1980s, and the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.

Photo: © Getty/Rex

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