Founding member of the legendary Rap group The Beastie Boys Adam Yauch (also known as "MCA") has died today at the age of 47 from complications due to cancer. The Brooklyn born MC announced in 2009 that he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node.
MCA's publicist released a statement, writing, "It is with great sadness
that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam 'MCA'
Yauch ... passed away in his native New York City this morning after a
near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old."