Friday, May 4, 2012

Adam Yauch dead at 47 after battle with cancer

Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch has died at 47.

The performer, also known as MCA, passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer.

Rapper Russell Simmons' website GlobalGrind was the first to report the news.

Yauch revealed in 2009 that he was undergoing surgery and radiation therapy to treat a tumor in his salivary gland.

Yauch also turned to a vegan diet and eastern medicine to help his fight.

Last year he denied reports he had beaten the disease, but said he was 'staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.'

Yauch co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad Rock).

He is survived by his Dechen and his daughter, Tenzin Losel. Read More