Adam Yauch, aka MCA from the rap and rock group The Beastie Boys, has died at age 47, a source close to the rapper confirmed on May 4, 2012. The cause of his death was not released. Yauch had battled cancer since at least 2009. He is survived by a wife and daughter. The Beastie Boys, known for hits such as the 1986 single '(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),' were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame months before Yauch died. The group did not attend the ceremony due to his illness. (Pictured: Adam Yauch performs with The Beastie Boys at the 2007 Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington.) (flickr.com/photos/blythe_d/)
May 4, 2012 3:58:39 PM PDT
JAKE COYLE AP Entertainment Writer
NEW YORK - May 4, 2012 --
Adam Yauch, the gravelly voiced rapper who made the Beastie Boys one of the seminal groups in hip-hop, has died. He was 47.