Posted: May 04 2012
NEW YORK – The Beastie Boys, a pioneering trio of ‘rapping’ lads, sang their way into many homes during the 1980s.
Head man of the group, Adam Yauch, who went on to create the indie film company Oscilloscope Pictures and who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, has died at the age of 47.
The trio’s website posted this message of the singer’s passing:
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys … passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer.”
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Yauch was treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node and underwent surgery and radiation therapy in 2009. Sadly, he lost his fight with the dreaded disease.
The Beastie Boys released eight albums, six of them went platinum and four hit No. 1, and sold a combined 22 million units stateside and more than 40 million worldwide.
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