03:21 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 05/04/2012 03:05PM
The untimely death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch at age 47 has drawn sympathy and sad reactions from many in the music community. Among them: Justin Timberlake, who remembered the rapper, filmmaker and father as a "true pioneer of art."
"Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing," Timberlake Tweeted. "My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.#RIPMCA."
Jay-Z posted a black and white image of Yauch on his website with a heartfelt message, writing, "May a great musical pioneer rest in peace. Our prayers go out to his family, as his hip hop family mourns our loss and celebrates his life."
Other musicians, like Benji Madden, said the Brooklyn-born musician inspired them to pursue their dreams.
"This news hits hard," Madden Tweeted. "The Beastie Boys are 1of the reasons I do music&MCA was the captain."
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
Remembering Selena, 20 Years After Her Tragic Death
Princess Kate's Baby Names: Will It Be Alice?
Mother Allegedly Smothers Her Child in NYC Restaurant Bathroom
Joe Giudice Talks Teresa's Life in Prison – Including Her Beauty Regimen
Ohio Woman Stabbed Boyfriend Because He Ate All the Salsa, Police Say
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!