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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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pinguitv    

:O

905 days ago
92.

Mulholland Drive    

This year has been awful for deaths in entertainment. RIP MCA. The musicians of my youth are dying way too soon!

905 days ago
93.

a mere mortal    

Your name is MCA, and you'l be missed
Cancer struck ya down, & now we're pissed

905 days ago
94.

me    

Such a huge loss. Who would have thought that white boys; jews at that, could make such a huge success in the rap business!!! I will certainly miss you. Thanks for the memories. RIP.

905 days ago
95.

boomerp    

mix master mike was not a founding member. RIP MCA. always wanted to see them live. will be missed

905 days ago
96.

billybob    

As time goes by, to quickly... R.I.P
Now he hasn't gotta fight for his right to party anymore...

905 days ago
97.

TiltDogg    

The music world has lost one of its true revolutionaries. Like their music or not, the Beastie Boys jumped into the scene and REFUSED to go away. This is truly a sad moment. Cancer does not discriminate. It is evil to everyone.

Condolences to his family, friends, and everyone who has been touched by the Beastie Boys performances. They will never be the same without him.

905 days ago
98.

niefajnie    

SABOTAGE!!!!!!!!!!!

905 days ago
99.

XOCHITL    

Soo sad!!! :( ......I grew up listening to them and now have my kids (10 and 8) listening to them!! I love their music!!! they are great and have great music!! Very, very sad! RIP MCA......

905 days ago
100.

Tania WarPaint    

This is very sad, I was saying how I'd love to see The Beastie Boys live before they died cause they were getting too old and now this happens :'( :'( im very sad, I literally wanna cry, this is a legend that will never be forgotten :'( RIP MCA, my most sincere condolences go to his family, friends and band mates... ♥.♥ RIP MCA ♥ from Vegas♥

905 days ago
101.

mike    

been a fan from age 12 and im 26 now. still listen to beasties. very sad news.

905 days ago
102.

Umm ok...    

If you were cool in junior high, you had a Licensed To Ill tape in your back pocket, you jumped off the bleachers when the intro of No Sleep Till started at the school dance and you knew every word to Paul Revere. This is quite a loss....so sad. RIP M.C.A.

905 days ago
103.

Melonielord    

Is it just me, but has anyone else noticed that it's always three deaths in short span of time. Always three. (Clark, Seau, Yauch).

905 days ago
104.

Anil507    

Really sad. May his soul RIP.

http://funnyandspicy.com

905 days ago
105.

kim    

VERY SAD NEWS REST IN PIECE ADAM...:(...

905 days ago
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