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“Beastie Boys” rapper MCA — real name Adam Yauch — has died.

Adam Yauch, better known as MCA to fans of his group, Beastie Boys, announced he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node back in 2009.

Though assumed that his death is related to his battle with cancer, that has not been confirmed as of yet.

News of his death first popped up online via GlobalGrind.com and other people close to Adam’s family have also confirmed his death.

Yauch co-founded Beastie Boys in the late 70′s with Mike D, Mix Master Mike, and Ad Roc. The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

Yauch became a vegan at the recommendation of his Tibetan doctors to help with his fight against cancer and has maintained that lifestyle since at least 2010.

Yauch is survived by his wife and daughter. He was 47.

As of this writing, no official statement has been released by the family or by his band.

Ryan Getz is the Editor at TreeThugger.com and has been deeply involved in the live music scene since the start of the new millennium. With a passion for quality musicianship and innovative sonic stylings, Ryan's viewpoints are well respected in the community. Beyond running TreeThugger, Ryan is an entrepreneur with his own web development company and is a board member for a non-profit cancer research organization.


  1. I love the Beastie Boys music. The music will live on, thank goodness. My prayers to his family and friends. He will be missed by this fan.

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