Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys' MCA, Dies at 47

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The Beastie Boys' MCA, real name Adam Yauch, has died.

The hip hop pioneer was 47. In 2009, MCA announced he was being treated for cancer of the parotid gland and a lymph node. He underwent surgery and radiation therapy.

It is unclear as of this posting whether Yauch's death was related to cancer.

Adam Yauch (MCA)

MCA co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 (yes, 1979) with Mike D, and Ad Rock, and went on to churn out some of the most iconic albums in hip-hop.

They trio landed their big break after working with young producer Rick Rubin, who would sign them to his newly-formed Def Jam Recordings in 1984.

License to Ill, Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication won the group multiple Grammys and a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Yauch is survived by his wife and daughter. He will be missed by many.

Russell Simmons' site GlobalGrind (dot) com first reported his death. What are your favorite memories of Yauch, and of the Beastie Boys in general?

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Adam, thanks for giving my generation an anthem for partying!!! RIP tell Dick, New Years wont be the same without him!!!

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Guess i scared 'joanna' off... Good

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Pioneer indeed... RIP:( My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. 'No sleep til brooklyn' peace..oh and @joanna, no disrespect but how can you put an 'advertisement' on a page intended to let people reflect on a life and career of a late musician, more importantly a human being? Sheesh...

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RIP Adam Yauch!! The angels will be rockin with you in heaven!!! You contributed so much to music; and so much to be personally, as a young girl who was struggling to accept her identity!!!! You made being Jewish, COOL!!!!! I will miss your contribution to the grou!

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