MCA Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Death From Salivary Gland Cancer: Beastie Boys” Rapper MCA real name Adam Yauch has died. Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, aka MCA, has died after a three-year battle with Salivary Gland Cancer, the Beastie Boys‘ publicist confirmed Friday. Yauch was 47. As a founding member of the Beastie Boys, Yauch played an important role in hip-hop history. As a founding member of the Beastie Boys, Yauch played an important role in hip-hop history.

Adam Yauch, a member of the Beastie Boys who performed under the stage name MCA, is dead. The group confirmed the sad news on its website, issuing the following statement:

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. He was 47 years old.

Yauch’s mother Frances told the New York Times that her son died at 9 a.m. Friday, surrounded by family, at Manhattan’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital, to which he had been admitted on April 14.

MCA recently became a vegan at the recommendation of his Tibetan doctors.

According to the TMZ The Beastie Boys’ most recent music video was released last year for the song “Make Some Noise” — and it stars a laundry list of A-listers, including Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson, Amy Poehler, Steve Buscemi, Kirsten Dunst, Zach Galifianakis, Orlando Bloom, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black.