After a long bout with cancer, the Beastie Boys. Adam Yauch died May 4, 2012. Yauch, who performed as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009 after discovering a tumor in his parotid gland. The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012, but Yauch was unable to attend due to his health. His cancer treatments also delayed the release of the group's most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. In addition to his career in music, Yauch was a film-maker and passionate Buddhist and defender of Tibetan rights. Yauch directed many of the band's music videos under the name Nathanial Hörnblowér. Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel.
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