Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch dies of cancer at 47
Adam Yauch, one of the founders of the seminal hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died of cancer at the age of 47, his mother Frances Yauch has confirmed to the New York Times.
Known to fans by his moniker MCA, Yauch had been battling cancer since 2009. He was unable to attend the Beastie Boys' induction into the Rock Hall of Fame last month but instead sent a letter for his bandmates to read.
"I’d like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike," he wrote." They walked the globe with me. It’s also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours."
Yuach died at 9 a.m. Friday in a Manhattan hospital with his family at his bedside. He had been admitted to the hospital on April 14 after a three-year battle with cancer of the salivary gland, the Times said.
"He was a very courageous person," his mother said. "He fought a long battle with cancer. He was hopeful to the very end."
The Beastie Boys official website features a long tribute and biography of Adam on its homepage today, which reads in part:
"Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys."
"With fellow members Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, Beastie Boys would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums–including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band's 1986 debut full length, Licensed To Ill–win three Grammys, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award. Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend."