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Beastie Boys founder member Adam Yauch dies aged 47
Adam Yauch, a founder member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys, has died just a year after it was said he had recovered from cancer, it has been reported.
Yauch, also known as MCA
, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009 after discovering a tumour in his salivary gland.
He had surgery and radiation therapy and some reports said he was clear of the disease last year.
But the star said that the “reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated”.
Under the alias MCA, he joined the group co-founded by Mike D, Mix Master Mike
, and Ad Roc in 1981.
They went on to sell more than 40m albums worldwide and win a number of Grammies.
The band started out as a hardcore punk outfit called The Young Aborigines
in 1979 but switched to hip hop in 1984.
In addition to his career with the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the movement to free Tibet and co-organised the Tibetan Freedom Concerts
of the late Nineties.
He is survived by his wife, Dechen Wangdu and daughter Tenzin Losel Yauch.
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