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Beastie Boy Adam 'MCA' Yauch dead at 47

NEW YORK - MAY 07: Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch attends a screening of
NEW YORK - MAY 07: Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch attends a screening of "BURMA VJ" at the HBO Theater on May 7, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images)
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One of Hip-Hop's legendary groups, The Beastie Boys lost one of it's founding members in Adam 'MCA' Yauch today.

In January of 2009 Yauch revealed that he had surgery for a cancer in a salivary gland and a lymph node. Information on the cause of Yauch's death wasn't immediately available.

Yauch's death would come less than a month after the Beastie Boys were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Because of his fight with cancer, Yauch did not attend, Rolling Stone reported.

New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones says that besides being a fan of his music, he knew Adam on a personal level.

"I went to school with Mike...I knew them all. Mike and Adam were parents in the same neighborhood that I am a parent," said Frere-Jones. "It's like watching the first of my cohorts die. He was a lovely man."


Sash Frere-Jones, Pop music writer, The New Yorker