Beastie Boys founder Adam Yauch dies aged 47

The music world has lost another music legend. Beastie Boys founding member Adam Yauch (known as MCA) has died today after losing his heroic battle with throat cancer. He was 47.

Yauch formed the Beastie Boys in New York City in 1979 with Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz. Starting off as a punk band they soon introduced rap and hip hop into their sound. Their breakthrough came with the release of their 1986 album Licensed Ill containing the party favorite '(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)'. Other successful albums soon followed; Paul's Boutique (1988), Check Your Head (1992) and Hello Nasty (1998). In all the band would go on to sell 40 million albums achieving both critical and commercial success.

In 2009 Yauch was diagnosed with a cancer of his parotid gland and lymph node thus delaying the bands' album Hot Sauce Committee and subsequent tour while he received treatment .

The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month along side Guns N' Roses and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers though Yauch was too ill to attend.

In addition to music Yauch was heavily involved with free Tibet and co-organized Tibetan Freedom Concerts. He is survived by his wife Dechen Wangdu and daughter Tenzin Losel.

Watch the band perform one of their classics 'Intergalactic' from Hello Nasty 1998.



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