Beastie Boys founder Adam Yauch dies at 47

By David Ferguson
Friday, May 4, 2012 14:13 EDT
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Adam Yauch (aka MCA) via WikiMedia Commons
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Adam Yauch, a founding member of pioneering rap and rock group the Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The Brooklyn-born performer, who was known to fans as “MCA,” was diagnosed with cancer and treated for tumorous growths on his partoid gland and a lymph node in 2009. He underwent surgery and radiation treatments, but passed away today. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

(image by Fabio Venni via WikiMedia Commons)

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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