The 47-year-old “MCA” announced he would be getting treatment for a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland in July 2009 and that the rap-rock icons would be cancelling some future shows as a result.
In 2011, it was widely believed that Yauch had beaten the disease, but sadly it wasn’t true.
On the band’s website he wrote:
“Hello My Friends While I’m grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated. I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.”
Just a couple of months ago, it was apparent that Yauch’s health had taken a turn for the worse when it was revealed that he would be unable to attend the Beastie Boys’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14.
Yauch, along with Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, formed the Beastie Boys in 1979 and have since released eight albums.
On Saturday, May 5, HBO will air the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony honoring the iconic group, who became just the third rap group to enter the Hall of Fame, along with Run-D.M.C. (2009) and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (2007).
R.I.P. Adam “MCA” Yauch.