Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA of the Beastie Boys has died a 47 following a battle with cancer, which was diagnosed in 2009. He missed the ceremony last month for the band's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Beastie Boys burst onto the scene in 1986 with their sophomoric debut Licensed to Ill (CD 11103) and went on to revolutionize hip-hop with their 1989 follow-up Paul's Boutique (CD 12108). Although the band stopped touring in 2009 and Yauch's illness prevented their making videos for last year's Hot Sauce Committee. Part Two (CD 32800), they were equally renowned for their videos, such "Sabotage," their homage to 1970s cop shows, which is included on the Beastie Boys Video Anthology (DVD 444-445).
An advocate for the free Tibet movement, Yauch co-organized a series of
Tibetan Freedom Concerts, including ones in New York and San Francisco
in 1997 (CD 14859-14861).