Adam “MCA” Yauch, a member of the groundbreaking New York rap trio Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47.
In 2009 Yauch had surgery for a cancer in a salivary gland and a lymph node. Information on the cause of Yauch’s death wasn’t immediately available.
Yauch’s death comes less than a month after the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Yauch was not in attendance due to his fight with cancer, but Adam “ad-Rock” Horowitz along with Michael “Mike D” Diamond read a letter from Yauch to the audience.
“I’d like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike,” Yauch wrote, according to Rolling Stone. “They walked the globe with me. It’s also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours.”
Yauch’s cancer delayed the release of their most recent album, “Hot Sauce Committee Part II,” for two years. It was supposed to come out in 2009, but instead was released in spring 2011.
The Beastie Boys’ debut album, 1986′s Licensed to Ill featuring the singles “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party),” “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” ” Paul Revere,” and “Brass Monkey” was the first rap album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard album charts.