Well, this one’s going to hurt like a piece of your childhood is getting ripped away. Adam “MCA” Yauch, one of the founding members of the Beastie Boys along with Mike D and Ad Rock, passed away away this morning at the age of 47. Global Grind reported the sad news and TMZ confirms that it’s true.
In 2009, Adam told Beastie Boys fans in a video message that the group pressed the pause button their tour and new album, because doctors found a cancerous tumor left parotid gland and he needed to undergo treatment. Adam had surgery to remove the tumor and went through radiation treatment. Earlier this year, Adam said that the rumor going around that he was cancer free was not true. The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not too long, but Adam wasn’t able to be there.
Adam is survived by his wife Dechen Wangdu and their 13-year-old daughter Tenzin Losel Yauc.
Rest in peace, MCA.