Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys Dead at 47

Yauch, also known as MCA, died today, May 4, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 47.

Yauch is best known as a founding member of the trailblazing rap trio the Beastie Boys.

The news was announced on Global Grind, a web site run by music mogul Russell Simmons. It was Simmons’ Def Jam Records that in 1986 released the Beastie Boys’ legendary first album, “Licensed to Ill.”

In 2009, Yauch was diagnosed with a a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland. Soon after his diagnosis, he released a video announcing the news to his fans.

Yauch was a filmmaker as well as a musician, Under the pseudonym “Nathanial Hörnblowér”, Yauch directed many of the Beastie Boys’ music videos. In 2002, he founded the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.