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Adam Yauch, R.I.P.

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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.

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