It was a sad day for the world of music when it was announced that Adam Yauch, better known as MCA, died today at the young age of 47. TMZ says,
“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 (below). He has since undergone surgery and radiation therapy.
Russell Simmons’ website GlobalGrind.com first reported the death. We have spoken to people independently connected to the rapper who also say he is dead.
MCA co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike D, and Ad Rock … and went on to churn out some of the most iconic albums in hip-hop … including License to Ill, Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication.
The group has won multiple Grammys and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.
You know a rap group made up of white boys is something special when they’re just the third rap group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So when you’re partying this weekend, have a Brass Monkey in MCA’s memory.
Performing “Brass Monkey” live at Madison Square Garden: