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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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61.

ShrinkWrap    

Sabatoge and Paul Revere always put me in a good mood. Rest In Peace, Adam. You were a one of a kind pioneer. Thank you for everything.

818 days ago
62.

Melissa lee    

So sad my favorite artist always go too soon. This has been a rainy/gloomy week. rip Mca

818 days ago
63.

    

R.I.P. MCA ;-(

— All for one and one for all.

818 days ago
64.

jisrahr2    

gotta say, teared up when I heard. Very very sad, we lost a very entertaining musician. RIP Adam

818 days ago
65.

rey    

47 years old? Man, time has flown by.

818 days ago
66.

d-bone    

Get Yo **** Right TMZ, they founded it with hurricane, Mix Master Mike joined up in like 99!

818 days ago
67.

just my opinion    

omg...im really sad about this. i went to their show a few years back in San Francisco and my friend and I happened to bump into MCA on the street about 2 hours before the show. He gave us hugs and let us take pix...he was really nice. Beastie Boys are true legends!

818 days ago
68.

barb    

RIP, MCA. So many great memories with License to Ill as the soundtrack...

818 days ago
69.

JEPROX    

RIP MCA, HIP HOP NATION WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

818 days ago
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YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE    

I Love you Adam!!!!!!! Thank you for all of the music and love ......this news just broke my heart!!!!!!! RIP

818 days ago
71.

shearee     

Another Legend Gone to soon R.I.Paradise MCA no more battles your at peace now

818 days ago
72.

InTheKnow    

Goodbye, Adam. And thank you.

818 days ago
73.

LaraP    

No. No no no I refuse to believe it! God this SUCKS. We've lost some really, really big ones in 2012 so far -- now MCA too? Devastated. Just looking at this list of 2012 celebrity deaths makes me so depressed. RIP MCA :(

http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-deaths-2012-famous-deaths-list/famous-celebrity-deaths-list

818 days ago
74.

shewentwhoa    

I grew up listening to these guys.

RIP Adam you will be missed.

818 days ago
75.

LL Cool Joe    

You don't need a license to get ill.

818 days ago
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