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Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s Will Says No to Advertising
The Beastie Boys camp has been relatively quiet about future plans in the wake of Adam Yauch’s passing on May 4, but Yauch’s will, which was filed this Tuesday in New York, gives some indication of what WON’T be in the Beasties’ future, as Yauch included a provision prohibiting any use of his music in advertisements. So don’t expect “Intergalactic” in any Pepsi ads for the time being.
Yauch, who performed with the Beastie Boys under the name MCA, also provided for his wife and daughter, leaving his entire $6.4 estate in a trust for them.
In addition to his three decades rocking the mic with the Beastie Boys, Yauch lent his support to a number of progressive causes, most notably as the founder of the Milarepa Fund, which was dedicated to winning Tibetan independence. In the last decade of his life, Yauch also oversaw Oscilloscope Pictures, a film company responsible for the distribution of such indie hits as Wendy and Lucy and The Messenger.
Diagnosed with cancer in 2009, Yauch’s three-year battle delayed the release of the Beasties’ final album, Hot Sauce Committee, and kept the rapper from attending his band’s induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. He was 47 years old at the time of his death.