The man known as both MCA and Nathanial Hörnblowér, among other pseudonyms, was diagnosed in 2009 with a cancerous parotid gland and lymph node. The singer and bass guitarist personally announced his health news to fans at the time via the video below.
“It’s not funny,” Adam Yauch told the camera at the time, laughing a bit with nerves. “It’s actually dead serious.”
“The reason that we’re here talking to you is that I have some pretty heavy news to say. Unfortunately we’re going to have to cancel a bunch of our shows coming up and pushback our record release… because just recently I started feeling this lump in my throat.”
Of his cancer diagnosis Adam Yauch went on to explain, “I actually have a form of cancer in the gland… and it’s also in a lymph node in that area.”
The Beastie Boys member, who was a practicing Buddhist, went on to have surgery and radiation treatments. He later became a vegan after being advised it would improve his health by Tibetan doctors.
Adam Yauch was married to Dechen Wangdu, with whom he had a daughter, Tenzin Losel Yauch.
No statement has yet been released from the 47-year-old’s family, or Beastie Boys members. MCA co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike D and Ad Rock. The group has won multiple Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Our thoughts are with Adam Yauch’s family, friends and fellow Beastie Boys fans at this time.