Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch dies

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Adam Yauch, known as one of the Beastie Boys, died Friday at age 47.

Yauch, who was also called MCA, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 when a tumor in his salivary gland was discovered. He began treatment shortly afterward.

Those treatments kept him from attending the induction of the Beastie Boys into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. They also delayed the release of the group’s album Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2, which was released last year.

"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,” he wrote on the band’s website in 2011.

HBO will televise the Beastie Boys’ Hall of Fame induction Saturday.

Yauch formed the band in 1979 with Mike "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz.

The Beastie Boys first scored with the 1986 album Licensed to Ill. This was followed by the albums Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication.

Yauch was also known for his involvement in the Free Tibet movement. In the 1990s, he helped arrange the Tibetan Freedom Concerts. He also became a vegan at the behest of his Tibetan doctors.

He is survived by a wife and daughter.

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