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Sat., May 5, 2012, 7:11 a.m.

A gentleman rapper…farewell

I am from the Beach Boys era, not the Beastie Boys, but I could not help noticing all the attention the death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch has received in the last 24 hours.

 The trio was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Yauch was too ill to attend the ceremony, but wrote “to anyone who has been touched by our band, who our music has meant something to, this induction is as much our as it is yours.”

 Sometimes we learn more about great contributions to our culture after the contributors die and we discover their legacy, an on-going legacy of joy, music and in Yauch’s life, compassion, too.

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