Ricky Powell, known as ‘Fourth Beastie Boy’, dies after heart failure

Hip hop photographer Ricky Powell has died at the age of 59, his management has confirmed.

The famous face – who was often referred to as the "fourth Beastie Boy" – died of heart failure.

Ricky's manager and business partner Tono Radvany told Pitchfork: "I just want to let everybody know he was a very special man, and he will be sorely missed."

The celebrity photographer worked with a number of A-list stars throughout his career, including Madonna and iconic artist Andy Warhol.

But he was best known for working with the Beastie Boys, and he became very good friends with the group and appeared in a number of their tours and music videos.

Tributes have been pouring in for the popular photographer, with rapper LL Cool J among the first to share a touching statement.

Sharing a photo of the two of them together, the musician wrote: "Your [camera emoji] captured the culture. Rest in power."

And Questlove, of Roots, shared a tribute, quoting a lyric from Beastie Boys song Car Thief in which Powell is mentioned.

In the song Car Thief, he's referenced in the lyric: "Homeboy throw in the towel / Your girl got d***ed by Ricky Powell."

It's thought that the New York City photographer went down his chosen career path after an ex-girlfriend left her camera at his home.

It's said he decided to make something of himself so he could show her what she'd missed out on by breaking up with him.

He got his big break when he joined the Beastie Boys and Run DMC on a tour, as he had gone to high school with Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys.

Powell must have impressed, as he was offered a job by the label Def Jam, where he shot stars such as LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Eric B & Rakim.

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