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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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Vert2boston    

EVERYONEBetter be pouring out a lil for their homie MCA today! And make sure neighbors hear his words and wisdom spit at HIGH VOLUMES today. rIP MCA

798 days ago
47.

Sunset    

Very sad. RIP good sir.

798 days ago
48.

Denise Morris    

Life Ain't Always Beautiful, somedays its just plain hard, life can knock you down, it can break your heart. Life aint always beautiful but its a beautiful ride!
R.I.P. ADAM YAUCH, GOD bless your family in this time of need.

798 days ago
49.

Gatanegra    

Lots of great memories around this music. RIP MCA

798 days ago
50.

lulu's mommy    

I cried and cried.. The 3 year mark is the hard part for NHL. You were in our prayers for many years. Someday, there will be a cure. You were so brave.

798 days ago
51.

Jim Schrumm    

MTV fought for your right to party over &over &over. Good times back in the day. R.I.P. Bro.@jradioactivejim

798 days ago
52.

Who Knew    

I love the Boys, R.I.P. Adam.

798 days ago
53.

Simone    

I hope he's in a better place. RIP MCA. Your music lives on.

798 days ago
54.

carla    

Best rappers ever
They don't make em like bboys anymore

798 days ago
55.

Jen    

Condolences to his family and loved ones. Wow. My HS years are gone.

798 days ago
56.

pimpc    

who??

798 days ago
57.

wpgguy    

This just sucks, gonna miss your talent man, R.I.P.

798 days ago
58.

carla    

I am so sad
And feeling very old

798 days ago
59.

ITUS    

rip mca

798 days ago
60.

BellaBoo    

That's really sad.. R.I.P.

798 days ago
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