TMZ reports Beastie Boys rapper MCA — real name Adam Yauch — has died. In 2009, MCA announced he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node. He has since undergone surgery and radiation therapy. So far, it’s not clear if the death is related to the rapper’s battle with cancer.
MCA co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike D, Mix Master Mike, and Ad Roc. The group has won multiple Grammys. MCA became a vegan at the recommendation of his Tibetan doctors. MCA is survived by his wife and daughter. He was 47.
Earlier it was just announced that the Beastie Boys had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Beastie Boys became just the third rap group to enter the Hall, after Run-D.M.C. (2009) and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (2007). They were joined by fellow new inductees Laura Nyro, Donovan, The Faces, Guns N’ Roses and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few.
Rappers Chuck D and LL Cool J introduced the Beastie Boys at the event, which took place at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 14. “They brought a whole new look to hip hop,” Chuck D said. Unfortunately, Adam “MCA” Yauch, who is battling cancer of the lymph node, was too ill to attend the event and had to express his gratitude in a letter. His fellow Beasties, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, collected their trophy in person but declined to perform without their comrade.
It’s very sad that he passed so quickly but was able to know that he was loved and respected by many! R.I.P MCA
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