The rapper was best known as the founding member of the Manhattan/Brooklyn rap group Beastie Boys with fellow members Michael â€œMike Dâ€ Diamond and Adam â€œAdrockâ€ Horovitz.
The group sold over 40 million records, released four #1 albums and with the first hip hop album to top the Bilboard 200 in the bandâ€™s 1986 debut.
Last month, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but Yauch was unable to attend the ceremony.
As a Buddhist, Yauch was a founder of Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated for the awareness of injustices against Tibetans by the Chinese occupational forces.
Yauch also had a passion for filmmaking, which led to the founding of Oscilloscope Laboratories. In 2008, he released his directorial film debut with the basketball documentary â€œGunninâ€™ For That #1 Spot.â€
Oscilloscope Laboratories also released other films including â€œExit Through the Gift Shop,â€ â€œWe Need to Talk About Kevin,â€ â€œDear Zachary,â€ and the upcoming documentary â€œSamsara.â€
He also directed last yearâ€™s â€œFight For Your Right Revisited,â€ an extended video for â€œMake Some Noise.â€ It had several guest celebrity appearances including Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and many others.
Check out his music video below.
Source: Beastie Boys