Former Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a statement on Saturday evening paying tribute to musician and activist Adam Yauch, according to a post at Talking Points Memo. Yauch was a founding member of seminal rap and rock group The Beastie Boys who shed his party-boy image to become a human rights activist and an avid supporter of the Dalai Lama and the movement to free Tibet.
The statement reads, in part, “”As an artist, Adam Yauch changed the course of music; as a humanitarian, he changed lives. He was a creative genius who used his powerful platform and celebrity to address the cause of human rights for the people of Tibet. Adam Yauch was devotee of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and an agent of change.”
She recalled the benefit concert Yauch organized in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to raise funds for and awareness of the Tibet freedom movement. “What a beautiful sight it was in 1996,” she wrote, “when he drew 100,000 people to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for a concert to benefit the cause of freedom in Tibet.”
She offered her condolences to Yauch’s family and said that she hopes that it brings some comfort to them to know “that so many grieve their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”
Yauch died of cancer on Friday, May 4. He was 47.
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