Beastie Boys Music Video Director Ric Menello Dead At Age 60

The director behind the Beastie Boys's "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" video has passed away.

One of Hip Hop's most celebrated music video directors passed away earlier this past week.

MTV reports that director and screenwriter Ric Menello died on Friday March 1st. The iconic music video auteur and associate of Def Jam co-founder/producer Rick Rubin passed away of a heart attack at the age of 60.

Menello began his film career co-directing music videos for the Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" with Adam Dubin. He would later go on to direct LL Cool J's "Going Back to Cali" video, as well as co-write the script for Run-DMC's feature film Tougher Than Leather.

Most recently, Menello enjoyed critical acclaim with his screenplay for the 2008 film Two Lovers, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow. A new screenplay from Menello, titled Lowlife, is currently in production.

Menello's death comes nearly a year after the passing of Beastie Boys emcee Adam "MCA" Yauch. MCA died in May 2012 after a three-year battle with salivary gland cancer

DX send its condolences to the friends, fans and family of Ric Menello.

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  • Doubl Negative

    RIP to homie, but I'm just sitting here perplexed as to why so many Americans die prematurely. I'm from the UK and we have a free health care system here, I believe the Obama administration modelled their proposed health care bill on ours. Far from being a communist idea, as the Republicans would have you believe, the NHS is one of Britain's greatest post-war inventions, and this country is just as right-wing and capitalistic as the US. It's fucked-up knowing all the recent deaths in hip-hop and America in general, would've been averted had the individual involved lived in another part of the world. I hope the bill goes through and is implemented as soon as possible. America is supposed to be world leader in entertainment, education, wealth and life expectancy, but on the latter category they're no better than Mozambique.

    • Anonymous

      It was actually modeled on the Canadian and French systems - but nice attempt at bragging about the UK and at the same time putting the US down

  • dentaldamboy

    RIP to a legend. Beatie Boys did so much for hip hop. Then Jay-Z came and ruined it.

  • ujhnjunhjjun

    ask method man y was he smoking someones hand in movie how high,,left eye says say watt sayy wattt..

  • ijjijnnnnhjjn

    50 cent likes to shoot and kill yet mel ka voot to on fox sucks his dick in interviews,,camron loves bill oh rillyy lmfaoooooooooooooooo bangggggg

  • left eyeee

    as kim jones why he does that to his eyee ask method man y he does that to his eyee ask meth why he put the same metal hat in how high on that white kid same as left eye in no scrubs videoooo lmfaoooooooooooo uhuhuuhuujh brb im going to the store for sum cokeee

  • yhubhhbjb

    fat joe an 50 diddent like each other but after a homo died they tounged kissed lollll 50 cent made elephant in the sand coverr ashanti had a elephant in the sand in aw babbyy i heard 50 and fat joe wase allways friendssss wowwww thatss crazyyyy soo wat their trying to sayy issss??? u happyy???? smhhh hbhbhbjhbhjjbh,, ask 50 wat offended fat slob in the new york songgggg??? nothhingg haaaaa ,,,ummm uhbghbhbhbhbhbhbhju

  • uhgyjujubjub

    kanye looks good in that pic sucking on sumthinggg lmfooooooo, la la la cant tell me nothingggg ela aa aaa aaa aaliyahhh chlothes look the same in rock the boat so did dr dres he needs a doctor,wigger boys lost one lmfaoooooooooooo aww babbbyyyyyy,,,thats messe uppp.brb me an aaliyahhh gonna walk to the store for sum cokeeeee,,

  • Anonymous

    with all respect is this hiphop news?????? Whats next the guy that bought beer for the beastie boys is dead????? Fuck off!

    • Anonymous

      ^^ that was a great comment Krewl, props

    • Krewl

      Chill, faggot. This dude was a visionary hip hop video direct. He made some of Def jams most classic shit, including Tougher Than Leather. I know his shit was more than a bunch of pussies waving guns around and showing off their rental cars while stretch-marked single moms shake their AIDSy bits. Go bump some 2 chainz on your ipod alarm clock, and choke on a bag of poison dicks, you little nu-school bitch.

    • nuc

      buying beer for someone or making historic. classic, timeless music videos straight outta NY ?? hmmmm, i'm finding it tough to see logic.

    • Anonymous

      get over it, i didnt see anyone complaining about users ex-stop son's murderer being charged, at least this guy made legendary hip-hop videos, what have you done for hip-hop?

    • Anonymous

      a man still died you could show some respect.

  • nuc

    bless this man in whatever afterlife he is in.