( 4UMF NEWS ) Beastie Boy Member Adam Yauch Dead:
Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch is dead at the age of 47 after a two-year battle with cancer, according to media reports.
Known to fans of the seminal band as “MCA”, the New York native was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left salivary gland in July 2009, and had been too sick to appear with his bandmates during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.
“So this is crazy,” he said in a video statement at the time on the band’s official web site. “I have some pretty heavy news … I actually have a form of cancer.”
Yauch co-founded the group with friends Michael (Mike D) Diamond and Adam (Ad-Rock) Horovitz in 1979 as a punk band, before transitioning into rap in the mid-80s.
Yauch is survived by a wife and daughter