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'Beastie Boys' MCA

Dead at 47

5/4/2012 1:00 PM PDT UPDATED: 5/4/2012 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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11:30 AM PT -- MCA's publicist just released a statement, writing, "It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam 'MCA' Yauch ... passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old."

1:00 PM PT -- A rep for the Dalai Lama -- of whom MCA was a huge supporter -- tells TMZ, "Adam had helped us raise awareness on the plight of the Tibetan people by organizing various freedom Tibet concerts and he will be remembered by his holiness and the Tibetan people."

Adam met several times with the Dalai Lama while he was sick -- most recently last July, when the Dalai Lama blessed him.

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"Beastie Boys" rapper MCA -- real name Adam Yauch -- has died.

In 2009, MCA announced he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node (below). He has since undergone surgery and radiation therapy.

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Russell Simmons' website GlobalGrind.com first reported the death. We have spoken to people independently connected to the rapper who also say he is dead.

MCA co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike D, and Ad Rock ... and went on to churn out some of the most iconic albums in hip-hop ... including License to Ill, Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication.

The group has won multiple Grammys and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.

The Beastie Boys haven't performed live since summer 2009 -- and during one of their last ever performances at Bonnaroo that June, MCA appeared noticeably less energetic than his group mates.

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MCA recently became a vegan at the recommendation of his Tibetan doctors.

The Beastie Boys' most recent music video was released last year for the song "Make Some Noise" -- and it stars a laundry list of A-listers, including Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson, Amy Poehler, Steve Buscemi, Kirsten Dunst, Zach Galifianakis, Orlando Bloom, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black.



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

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16.

CountryGal    

That sucks! The Beastie Boys ruled back in the day.

868 days ago
17.

hoodsfield    

so sad. truly a rap pioneer.

868 days ago
18.

Sarafina    

OMG, noooo! That's so sad...I had no idea he was sick. Condolences to his family.

868 days ago
19.

LIsa    

Cancer sucks! Too young to die. Sad. RIP.

868 days ago
20.

JP Carter    

Fix your history of the group. Check the wiki page. Several errors.

A great loss. So sad.

868 days ago
21.

Tray    

RIP MCA....

So to the racist on here that always have something to say about the rapper stories or deaths that shouldnt be on tmz cause they are black, MCA is allowed to be news on here cause he was a white rapper right? smh, I hate racists

868 days ago
22.

DaveT    

Ah man, I like those guys.
You gotta fight. For your right. To partaaay!
Back in school when rap music hit the mainstream, Beastie Boys were the real deal, they put some heavy rock guitar behind the rap rhymes, and the rest is history.
RIP dude.

868 days ago
23.

ThirdFromTheLeft    

He was a great artist and a great man - and an important though not always recognized ally of the Tibetan people.

I'm glad at least, that he and his family were able to go through the whole dying process without the likes of us interfering.

RIP

868 days ago
24.

Selden83    

Lincense To Ill was a great album and will always spark fond memories from my childhood

868 days ago
25.

.:Loki4Ever:.    

NOOOO!!!!!!! :( Sabatoge is one of my fave songs EVER!!!!! RIP MCA

868 days ago
26.

Shannon    

RIP MCA - the world has lost a very talented man

868 days ago
27.

3Storms    

Rest in peace

868 days ago
28.

sean t    

damn to bad they rocked rest in peace. you will be missed.

868 days ago
29.

i'm a lawyer!    

horrible news. condolences to his family and friends.

868 days ago
30.

amanda    

rip mca ! my thoughts go out to his family during this trying time in their lives !

868 days ago
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