Yauch in 1994, when he bum-rushed R.E.M. at the MTV Video Music Awards
Yauch in 1994, when he bum-rushed R.E.M. at the MTV Video Music Awards

The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Passed Away

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, aka MCA, has passed away at the age of 47. More news as it comes, but Yauch had been battling cancer since 2009, after it was discovered he had a tumor in his salivary gland. Sadly, he wasn't able to join his fellow Beasties last month, when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be be aired Saturday, May 5, on HBO.

This song still has one of the best samples ever.

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