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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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76.

Robertito    

Thank you TMZ for the ever so speedy coverage...MTV sucks

819 days ago
77.

spman    

Did you really call Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson, Amy Poehler, Steve Buscemi, Kirsten Dunst, Zach Galifianakis, Orlando Bloom, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black "A-Listers"? Sounds more like the cast of the next season of Celebrity Apprentice to me!

819 days ago
78.

G-Fite    

1st, RIP MCA

2nd, Russell Simmons 1st to announce??... what D$^%, guy rips them off royally on "Licensed to Ill" royalties than wants to be the 1st to announce.

suck it easy Russel

819 days ago
79.

    

rip MCA. ;-(

— All for one and one for all.

819 days ago
80.

dougie dope    

should of never stopped smokin bud!

819 days ago
81.

cherlyn warren    

R.I.P MCA.......... U WILL B MISSED AND NEVER 4GOTTEN..................

819 days ago
82.

Anonymous    

You'll be missed mca, your songs will never get old. :)

819 days ago
83.

Winthrop Haynes III    

Kate Upton whoa yeah

819 days ago
84.

Toy    

R.I.P. MCA

819 days ago
85.

mmb    

my man mca's gotta beard like a billy goat...
rip adam

819 days ago
86.

KIDFURY2035    

MIX MASTER MIKE WAS NOT PART OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE BEASTIE BOYS!!!

819 days ago
87.

Randy Bobandy    

RIP MCA, why is always the good folks? Why could it have not been Darth Cheney? This sucks. :/

819 days ago
88.

zman    

R.I.P. M.C.A. :(

819 days ago
89.

Kimberly Wright    

R.I.P MCA!

819 days ago
90.

Mark    

"Yauch co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike D, Mix Master Mike, and Ad Roc" is inaccurate.

This should read "Yauch co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad Rock" Horowitz and Kate Schellenbach. They began as a punk rock group that later transitioned (without Schellenbach) into hip hop."

819 days ago
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