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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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229 COMMENTS

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106.

mike    

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

867 days ago
107.

peter    

http://www.mediafire.com/?mzsp5tvsxtdvbdf

Beastie Boy quick blend for Tribute!!

867 days ago
108.

Paris Lipsey-Coley    

R.I.P. MCA

867 days ago
109.

peter    

R.I.P
here is a short clip of a sweet old school track that mixed up.

http://www.mediafire.com/?mzsp5tvsxtdvbdf

867 days ago
110.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Damn, RIP MCA. Wierd isht was I was just listening to Brass Monkey yesterday.

867 days ago
111.

Hannah    

R.I.P. - So sad :(

867 days ago
112.

Pat    

sad day sad day sad dayyyyyyyyyy

867 days ago
113.

Josh    

We literally grew together from irresponsible, egg throwing, annoying teens to men. So much in common along the way as they, us, and their music grew and changed together. My reaction has surprised me as well. Back in Brooklyn, sleep well my friend :)

867 days ago
114.

Deadpool    

This is has been a pretty sad news week, but Im sure the Tmz staff will find stuff to laugh about. They usually do. RIP MCA.

867 days ago
115.

Kassie    

You're in Brooklyn...sleep peacefully now. RIP. So damn sad about this.

867 days ago
116.

Sparky    

The Bestie Boys were the only rapper music I ever liked. He will be missed.

867 days ago
117.

Wolf    

Grow up listening to the Beastie Boys. Remembered all the dances back in Jr. High playing their songs. R.I.P. MCA... You will be missed..

867 days ago
118.

Skeptical    

Heartbreaking. The Beastie Boys will never be the same. RIP sir, you will be terribly missed.

867 days ago
119.

Me    

I Am sooo friggen sad !! Grew up with the Beasties, and this just really sucks ! Never to be replaced !!

867 days ago
120.

VictoriaGirl    

He was a good man (talented and a great humanitarian), he'll be missed.

867 days ago
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