Adam Nathaniel Yauch (born August 5, 1964; died May 4, 2012) was a founding member of hip hop trio the Beastie Boys. He was frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and other pseudonyms such as Nathanial Hörnblowér.
I suddenly feel very old.Adam Yauch, better known to music fans as MCA of the legendary hip hop triumvirate Beastie Boys, passed away today at the age of 47 following a hard-fought bout with cancer.
Russell Simmons' Global Grind confirmed the tragic news this afternoon.
In 2009 Yauch announced that he was being treated for a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland. In 2011, Yauch posted an update on the Beastie Boys' website telling friends and fans he was not cancer-free as reported, but was "staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future."
Yauch was absent at the Beastie Boys Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last month, but the band's official statement did not reveal why.
He is survived by wife Dechen Wangdu and their daughter Tenzin Losel Yauch.