Arts, Music — May 4, 2012 12:56 pm

Beastie Boys co-founder dies

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Adam Yauch, one of the members of the Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47. Yauch, better known by his stage name, MCA, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009.

In an email to fans later that year, he said the tumour had been removed and he was feeling “healthy, strong and hopeful”. Yauch travelled to a Tibetan community in Dharamsala in India after surgery. He told fans: “I’m taking Tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of the Tibetan doctors I’ve been eating a vegan/organic diet.”

But in January 2010, he was forced to deny press reports that he was fully recovered. “I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future,” he said in a statement.

The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, but Yauch was not able to attend. On the night, The Red Hot Chili Peppers dedicated their performance to Yauch.

He is survived by his wife, Dechen Wangdu, and their daughter, Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.

In honor, here’s one of my favorite Beastie Boys tracks, “Jimmy James.”

source: BBC News

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