Beastie Boys rapper Adam MCA Yauch has died at the far too young age of 47. As you may know, Yauch was diagnosed and treated for a cancerous parotid gland back in 2009 and in the years since has been receiving radiation and other treatments (both Western and Eastern treatments). Earlier this year, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but Adam was not well enough to attend the induction ceremony. Details regarding his death are very sparse right now but this extremely sad news comes from RUN DMC member Russell Simmons’s website Global Grind.
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys has passed. GlobalGrind has confirmed this very sad news. One of our heroes, Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, passed away this morning after a long bout with cancer. Yauch co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike D, Mix Master Mike and Ad Roc. The group has won multiple Grammys. Yauch became a vegan at the recommendation of his doctors and is survived by his wife and daughter. He was 47. Our prayers go out to the family of Adam and the entire Beastie Boys crew.
As you can see, there is no real information provided. But, despite the lack of an official confirmation, I trust Russell Simmons on this one … he is in a very unique position to have access to this information. TMZ is reporting that their sources are, too, confirming Adam Yauch’s death. It is difficult to convey what a huge loss this is. Adam and the other Beastie Boys had such an important impact on not just rap music but popular music overall. He will be sadly missed. Adam is survived by his wife Dechen Wangdu and his daughter Tenzin Losel and my deepest condolences go out to them today. I’ll update this story as new information becomes available. This is just really sad news … we lost a rap legend today.