The third pillar of the Beastie Boys rap triumvirate Mike Diamond, AKA Mike D, posted a statement (below) on the Beastie Boys Facebook page on the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died on Friday, May 4. Diamond referred to Yauch as his "closest friend, band mate and really brother."

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Diamond, whose post came a few days later than other music industry and artists' statements , as well as band mate Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz's post on the band's blog which he put up over the weekend, said he knew should have "tweeted or instagrammed" by now, but said the last few days had been a "blur of deep emotions."

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A photo (below) of MCA's image on the Madison Square Garden scoreboard was included along with his statement which he said was an "awesome example" of "how NYC is such a unique place that amidst it's huge size and frenetic pace it really opens up it's heart in so many ways and on so many levels in times like these."

MIKE DIAMOND'S FACEBOOK STATEMENT:
"I know, we should have tweeted and instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now. But honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother. I miss Adam so much. He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humor can accomplish. The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam. BTW this photo sent to me by a friend, (thanks Saslow) is just one awesome example of how NYC is such a unique place that amidst it's huge size and frenetic pace it really opens up it's heart in so many ways and on on [sic] so many levels in times like these. And though it makes me cry sometimes, it has been really amazing and moving to see."
Mike