Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Is Dead

Beastie Boys MCA Passes Away at 47

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Sad, startling news: Rapper Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys has passed away, according to TMZ and Global Grind. Better known to Beastie fans by the name MCA, Yauch also founded the film company Oscilloscope, which distributed independent films like The Messenger and Wendy and Lucy. Yauch battled cancer back in 2009, though it’s not yet known if that contributed to his cause of death. Yauch was only 47 years old. For more on his pioneering work with the Beastie Boys, read New York‘s recent oral history of the band’s beginning.

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