The Beastie Boys were hit with a copyright lawsuit one day before Adam Yaunch died on Friday, it has been revealed.
According to a federal lawsuit filed in New York by TufAmerica, in which it claims that the group illicitly used samples from "Say What" and "Drop The Bomb" by their group Trouble Funk, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The samples were allegedly used on the Beastie Boys' albums "Licence To Ill" and "Paul's Boutique".
It is believed that Yaunch, who died of cancer aged 47, was never served the papers, but some observers see the timing of his death as curious.
TufAmerica says it was never informed about the use of its samples, but the statute of limitations may have passed since the Beastie Boy albums were released more than two decades ago.
It wants a permanent injunction to prevent the band from continuing to infringe the samples, plus compensation.
Meanwhile, the remaining Beastie Boys have paid tribute to their former bandmate on their official blog.
"As you can imagine, s**t is just fkd up right now, [sic]" wrote Ad-Rock "I'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. Thank you."
Mike D added his feelings on their Facebook page:
"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 humour can accomplish," he wrote.
"The last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam."