Lord, this is sad. That f*cker, cancer strikes again. Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has passed away today from a three year battle with cancer of the salivary gland.
“Yauch underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland in July 2009. Treatment included radiation therapy, and in December of that year, he sent a email message to fans to share that we was feeling “healthy, strong and hopeful” he’d beaten the disease. The exact cause and place of death wasn’t immediately known.
The Beasties’ lineup of Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Yauch came together in Brooklyn in 1983; the group’s debut album, 1986’s “Licensed To Ill,” was produced by Rick Rubin and featured iconic singles like “No Sleep Til Brooklyn,” “Brass Monkey” and “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).” After touring the world behind “Ill,” the Beastie Boys changed up their sound with 1989 album “Paul’s Boutique,” a critically lauded, sample-heavy record that featured production from the Dust Brothers.
“Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us,” said Russell Simmons, whose Def Jam Recordings released the group’s multi-platinum debut “Licensed to Ill” in 1986.”
Photo via: Billboard.com
Yount was quoted about the induction of the Beastie Boys this year into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame:
“We’re in the rock and roll hall of fame? That’s f—-n’ crazy and awesome!” the group said in a statement. “While we are very proud of the music we make, we have to acknowledge the inspiration from our families, friends and musicians like the slits, bad brains, x-ray spex, the treacherous three and too many others to possibly name. And most of all, we give thanks to New York City and the world of musical influence it provided for us.”
In addition to his career with the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the movement to Free Tibet and co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts of the late ’90s.
Here’s a Seattle shout-out to the badassness this IS the Beastie Boys:
This really sucks….47 years old? Don’t take your lives for granted, people. Just don’t.