Adam Yauch directed the Beastie Boys videos under the name Nathaniel Hörnblower and ran movie production and distribution company Oscilloscope . He was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and it looks like he finally lost the battle.
"I wanna say a little something that's long overdue, this disrespect to women has got to be through, to all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends, I wanna offer my love and respect to the end."
Sure Shot - Beastie Boys
Adam Yauch - thank you for the music and crazy videos.
Rest in peace.
Pitchfork has a good obituary - read it.