Sad news from TMZ:
“Beastie Boys” rapper MCA — real name Adam Yauch — has died.
In 2009, MCA announced he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node (below). He has since undergone surgery and radiation therapy.
So far, it’s not clear if the death is related to the rapper’s battle with cancer.
I know they delayed their latest album while he was recovering — it was on the shelf so long, Yauch’s lyrics included a reference to Wolf Blitzer interviewing a “hologram” during the 2008 election — and he didn’t look healthy in the “Make Some Noise” video. I was hoping he was on the mend, though. Damn.
He left behind a hell of a body of work. This is my favorite thing they ever did:
Rest in peace, Adam.