Beastie Boys rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch dead at age 47

Adam Yauch, aka MCA from the rap and rock group The Beastie Boys, has died at age 47, a source close to the rapper confirmed on May 4, 2012. The cause of his death was not released. Yauch had battled cancer since at least 2009. He is survived by a wife and daughter. The Beastie Boys, known for hits such as the 1986 single '(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),' were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame months before Yauch died. The group did not attend the ceremony due to his illness. (Pictured: The Beastie Boys appear in a scene from their 1986 music video 'You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!).') (The Island Def Jam Music Group)

May 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Adam Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper and the most conscientious member of the seminal hip-hop group, has died, his mentor Russell Simmons said Friday. He was 47.