Beastie Boys rapper MCA, whose real name is Adam Yauch, has died at age 47.In 2009, Yauch announced he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and lymph node.
In January, Yauch posted this message to fans on his website after he was unable to attend the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony:
“Hello My Friends, While I’m grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated. I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.”
In recent years, Yauch had become a vegan at the recommendation of his Tibetan doctors.
Yauch, who co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979, is survived by his wife and daughter.
Watch his cancer announcement here:
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