A rep for the Dalai Lama released a statement over MCA’s death:
“Adam had helped us raise awareness on the plight of the Tibetan people by organizing various freedom Tibet concerts and he will be remembered by his holiness and the Tibetan people.”
MCA met with Dalai Lama often while he was ill and was blessed by him last July.
The Beastie Boys’ rapper also turned to a vegan diet after his Tibetan doctors urged him to do so. Despite the treatments and surgery he received for salivary cancer, MCA died at a very young age. His work with one of the industry’s most successful punk-turned-hip-hop groups is legendary.