Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch dies of cancer, aged 47

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The Beastie Boys are photographed at the 2006 Sundance film festival in Park CityLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Adam Yauch, a founding member of pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys who captivated fans with their brash style in early hits like “Fight for Your Right (To Party)”, died on Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 47. “It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys … passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer,” said a statement posted on the band’s website. …

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