One of the founding members of the Beastie Boys was pronounced dead on Friday after a 3-year battle with cancer.
Adam Yauch aka MCA lost his 3-year battle cancer on Friday, May 4. He was 47 years old.
According to Reuters, the star did not attend his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame do to the progressing illness.
MCA, along with Mike D (Mike Diamond) and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) started the Beastie Boys in the 1980′s, and was arguably the best music to come out of the decade. Yaunch devoted an abundance of his time to activism, including founding the Milarepa Fund, “a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military forces.”
Videos for the songs “So Whatcha Want,” “Intergalactic,” “Body Movin” and “Ch-Check It Out” were all directed by Yaunch under the moniker Nathanial Hörnblowér. The band sold over 40 million records and recorded four #1 albums. Hits from the band include ”Sabotage,” ”Intergalactic,” “Egg Raid on Mojo” and “Gratitude.”
Coldplay covered the iconic ”(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)” just hours after the news of MCAs passing. On Twitter, celebs reacted, including Boy George, (Such sad news about Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. A fellow Buddhist and part of hip hop history!! R.I.P!”), Will.i.am, (“#restinpeaceMCA 1 of my favorite hiphop groups…hiphop raised a lot of us & now we have to wake up because are hero’s are dying too young”), Weezer, (“We are so sorry to hear about the loss of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (MCA) a true legend & inspirational to everyone in weezers generation”) and Patton Oswald, (“Oh, no. No no no. Goddamit. Seriously. Goddamit. #RIPMCA”)
The Beastie Boys website confirmed the cause of death in an online biography of Yanch. “It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys … passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer.”
Yauch is survived by his daughter Tenzin Losel, wife Dechen, and parents Frances and Noel Yauch.
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