Beastie Boy Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch dead at 47 | Music News

Adam “MCA” Yauch, one-fourth of iconic Hip-Hop group The Beastie Boys, has died. He was 47.

Yauch had undergone cancer treatment including radiation therapy sine 2009, when a tumor was found in a salivary gland.

Yauch was forced to sit out of the Beasties’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction earlier this year for undisclosed reasons believed to be related to his illness.

While his death is believed to be related to his illness, that has not yet been confirmed.

Yauch, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mix Master Mike” Schwartz came together as the Beastie Boys in 1978, beginning as a punk rock outfit but later becoming a rap group after linking with Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons and Def Jam Recordings. The group went on to release eight albums together, win several Grammys and earn a reputation for making music that was fun, loud and rebellious.

“Artistically, they are our role models. They made up their own rules,” Public Enemy frontman Chuck D said during the group’s Hall of Fame induction. The ceremony during which the Beastie Boys were inducted airs tomorrow night at 9pm EST on HBO.

Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen, and daughter, Tenzin Losel Yauch.

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