Adam Yauch, better known as MCA who makes up one quarter of the Beastie Boys, has tragically died aged just 47 after a three year battle with cancer.
The news was announced today by the Beastie Boys’ management via a statement on their website, saying:
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer.”
Yauch revealed he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 after feeling a lump in his throat, which turned out to be a tumor in his salivary gland. Yauch stated:
“I started feeling this little lump in my throat, like you would feel if you have swollen glands or something like that, like you’d feel if you have a cold, so I didn’t really think it was anything.”
The Beastie Boys were recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame just last month, and were one of the first hip-hop groups to achieve critical acclaim and commercial success, entering the scene in 1986 with their debut album ‘Licensed to Ill’ which featured the hit ‘Fight for Your Right’ – check the video out below:
Yauch is survived by his wife and daughter as well as his parents.