Adam Yauch, A.K.A. MCA Of The Beastie Boys, Dead At Age 47

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Adam Yauch (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Adam Yauch (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s a sad day in the music world. Adam Yauch, also known as MCA of the Beastie Boys, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He told fans about his condition in July of 2009 via a YouTube video.

Starting out as the bass player in the Beastie Boys when they were a hard-core punk rock band in the early ’80s, he, along with drummer Michael Diamond (also known as Mike D) and guitarist Adam Horovitz (King Ad-Rock) began rapping and were signed to Def Jam Records, where their Rick Rubin-produced debut, 1986-s Licensed To Ill became the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard charts.

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