I'm about 5 months late in getting to this story, but Adam Yauch is dead. Adam was also known as MCA, a founding member of the Beastie Boys.
A tumor was discovered in his salivary gland in 2009, and he had been in treatment ever since that time. He was 47 years old.
Here's an official statement released by The Beastie Boys:
It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam 'MCA' Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer
When I happened to discover this sad news last night, it was during some unrelated research into the band Coldplay. On Coldplays official youtube page, I noticed a video of a peculiar cover song: Fight For Your Right. I don't know why, but I've been thinking about it ever since. I've loved listening to the Beastie Boys on and off since I was literally a little kid. I even blasted some of their later work while driving my very first car. I even sometimes say at parties "Shit, if this is going to be that
kind of party, I'm going to stick my
dick in the mashed potatoes!", and sometimes people even get the reference. Maybe it was the knowledge that icons from my childhood were mortal, or that an era close to my heart had come to an end, or just the angelic way Coldplay covered that track, but it hit me right in my heart, and I'd like to share it with you.
Watch the video here
Rest in Peace!