Throughout the latter part of his life, Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch (AKA MCA) became an enlightened man. Getting heavily involved in Buddhism and other charitable causes, it has been revealed that he was not a fan of his music or image being used in commercials or advertising — ever.
As reported by DNAInfo, Yauch’s will was filed this week with the Manhattan Surrogate Court, leaving his $6.4 million estate in a trust for his wife Dechen and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter. While Yauch’s will should keep him from becoming an unknowing corporate ad-man after death, there is no indication yet how it affects the other two members of the Beastie Boys’ ability to sell any of the music they worked on together to advertisers.
Yauch passed away from salivary gland cancer in May of this year, not long after the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film production company Yauch established, released Shut Up and Play the Hits, the recent documentary chronicling LCD Soundsystem’s farewell shows at Madison Square Garden.
–Scott T. Sterling, More at CBSLocal.com