“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,” Diamond wrote on Facebook on Monday. “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.”
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The message came along with a photo from Madison Square Garden, which showed Yauch’s image on its Jumbotron during an NBA playoff game.
“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 so many levels in times like these,” Diamond wrote. “And though it makes me cry sometimes, it has been really amazing and moving to see.”
Earlier, fellow Beastie Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz opened up on the group’s blog.
“As you can imagine, shit is fkd up right now. But I wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support,” he wrote.
Yauch died on Friday, May 4, after a three-year battle with cancer. The influential musician was 47.