After a long battle with cancer that began in 2009, Adam Yauch (aka MCA) of the Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47, the band’s publicist said Friday.
Yauch was a founding member of the influential New York rap trio the Beastie Boys, who became international stars with the release of their 1986 debut album, “Licensed to Ill.” That album became the first rap album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
Yauch was unable to attend the band’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland due to his health, which also contributed to delays in the release of their second album, “Hot Sauce Committee Pt. II.” That album was released two years later than intended because of Yauch’s diagnosis of cancer and subsequent surgery on a salivary gland and lymph node.
No official comment from his bandmates has been made.