Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch has passed away at the age of 47.
Yauch, who was also known as MCA, was diagnosed with cancer of the preaortic gland and lymph node in July 2009 and has been fighting the disease ever since. Yauch is pictured here (centre) with the Beastie Boys, posing on a rooftop in New York City in 1994.
Beastie Boys in New York, August 2011.In 1979, Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond, who he met at school, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz.
Adam Yauch performs at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, August 4, 2007. The release of Beastie Boys’ first full album ‘Licenced to Ill’ in 1986 broke them into the mainstrean by becoming the the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard album chart, and featured the track ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)’.
Posing for an NME feature in 2009. In total, the band released eight albums including ‘Paul’s Boutique’, ‘Check Your Head’ and ‘Ill Communication’.
Onstage at Bonnaroo, Manchester, Tennessee, June 2009. The group’s last album, ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’, was released last year. It was originally planned for release in 2009 but was delayed after Yauch’s diagnosis.
When Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame two weeks ago, Yauch was too ill to go. At the ceremony, Ad-Rock and Mike D read a letter from Yauch: “I’d like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike,” he wrote. “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 had an enduring passion for film. Working under a pseudonym Nathanial Hornblower, he directed many of the band’s music videos, including ‘Intergalactic.’ In 2002, he launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories – a studio that later put out films including Kelly Reichardt’s drama ‘Wendy and Lucy’ and street artist Banksy’s ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’.
Posing in New York for an NME feature, 2004. Alongside the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the free Tibet movement, co-organizing the Tibetan Freedom Concerts in the late ’90s.
Adam Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter Losel.