Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys rapper, dies at 47

Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch has died at the age of 47. Russell Simmons’s website GlobalGrind.com first reported the death of the hip-hop icon, which came at the end of a long battle with cancer. In July 2009, Yauch was diagnosed with the disease, originally resulting in the cancellation of the group’s tour and the delay of their album Hot Sauce Committee. Yauch’s publicist has now said: “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.” The musician founded the New York group in 1979 with Mike D, Mix Master Mike and Ad-Rock. Under the alias Nathanial Hörnblowér, Yauch directed many of the Beastie Boys’ most memorable music videos. Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and daughter Tenzin Losel. Photos by Joan Villadiego

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