Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch, has died at the age of 47. Yauch, who was also known as MCA was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node but had since undergone surgery and radiation therapy.
It’s not clear if the rapper’s death was due to cancer. In April, Yauch sat out of the Beastie Boys’ induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his treatments delayed the release of the group’s most recent album.
MCA co-founded the group with Mike D and Ad Rock in 1979 and they went on to win multiple Grammys. He’s survived by his wife and daughter. [Source]