NEW YORK (WKOW) – Rapper and co-founder of the Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch, has died at age 47.
The band's mentor and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons confirmed the news on Friday. Yauch, who was known as MCA was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 after doctors found a tumor in his salivary gland. He had undergone surgery and radiation.
At the time, Yauch hoped the cancer was "very treatable," but the illness caused the group to cancel shows and delayed the release of the Beastie Boys 2011 album, "Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2". Yauch hadn't performed live since 2009 and wasn't there when the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.
Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen Wangdu, and their daughter.
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