Adam Yauch, member and co-founder of the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47.
In the Beastie Boys, Yauch was known as MCA. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and had been in treatment the last few years. Although he seemed optimistic about his progress, he remained out of the spotlight ever since his diagnosis. He was not apart of the band’s Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two release nor did he attend the group’s induction to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame last month. Although he wasn’t in attendance, he was not forgotten. At the induction his band mates had read a letter that he had written, Red Hot Chili Peppers dedicated their performance to him, and The Roots, Kid Rock, and Travie McCoy performed a special medley of Beastie Boys songs.
Besides his work done with the Beastie Boys, Yauch also directed (including many of the Beastie Boys’ music videos), and he built a recording studio and film production company, which released his own feature film in 2008, Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot.
2009 marked the band’s 30th anniversary. Yauch revealed that same year that he had a cancerous tumor and the band cancelled their tour and delayed the recording of Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two, so Yauch could get treatment.
RIP Adam Yauch