Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA of the Beastie Boys, Dies at Age 47

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The Beastie Boys's Adam Yauch, age 47, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. In 2009, doctors discovered a tumor on Yauch's salivary gland, and he has been undergoing treatment ever since. His illness has caused the delay of the Beastie Boys's 2011 album, "Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2
," and prevented Yauch from attending the group's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Yauch was a practicing Buddhist, an activist for Tibetan freedom, and a film buff. He founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, which distributed Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop and this year's We Need to Talk About Kevin. He will be missed by one billion people. [MTV]


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I feel like such a drama queen saying this, but I haven't felt like I've been hit this hard about a music death since Joe Strummer died. The Beastie Boys changed my life. They really did. I was a morose, mopey, Joy Division-y (not that there's anything wrong with that) 15-year-old when their first album came out. They taught me how to have fun again. They (and Run DMC) introduced me to a whole new genre of music. And the fact that they were able to become such staunch human rights activists which totally put to rest their misogynist reputation speaks volumes for each of their characters. MCA was also always my favorite. I loved his gravelly voice and I just thought he was the coolest. Fuck this and fuck cancer.

I am so fortunate to have seen them in concert.