One third of the Beastie Boys (one quarter if you count Mix Master Mike) has passed away. Rolling Stone is reporting that Adam Yauch, also known by the moniker MCA, is dead at the age of 48. The cause of his death is not known as this time, but Yauch had been battling cancer.
Yauch has been in treatment for cancer for roughly three years. He initially announced that he was undergoing treatment for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node. When the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, Yauch was not present. His cancer treatments were also apparently behind the delay of the seminal rap group’s most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.
Yauch has not performed live with the other members of the group since 2009. The group was formed in 1979 when Yauch joined forces with Mike D, Ad Roc and Mix Master Mike. The group has recorded some of the most recognizable rap songs of all time and won several Grammy awards.
As always, f*ck cancer.