Iconic Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch dies at age 47

Death caused by long battle with cancer

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 6:29pm

Music icon Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys dies today at the age of 47, according to Billboard magazine.

In 2009, Yauch announced that he had a cancerous parotic gland. Several shows were canceled, including top bill for Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.  He underwent surgery and radiation therapy for treatment.  In January of 2011, Yauch seemed to be improving.

The Beastie Boys came together in 1983 in Brooklyn and rose to fame with the release of the debut album, “Licensed To Ill.”  The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.

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