Beastie Boy MCA Dies
May 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM (PT)
YAUCH had been undergoing treatment for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node. MSNBC.COM reports that YAUCH's treatments for his condition prevented him from attending the BEASTIE BOYS' induction to the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in APRIL, and his treatments delayed the release of the group's most recent album, "Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2." The trio had not performed live since the summer of 2009.
An official statement offered a more comprehensive obit:
Born in BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, YAUCH taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as BEASTIE BOYS.
With fellow members MICHAEL "MIKE D" DIAMOND and ADAM "ADROCK" HOROVITZ, BEASTIE BOYS would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums -- including the first hip hop album ever to top the BILLBOARD 200, the band's 1986 debut full-length, "Licensed To Ill" -- win three Grammys, and the MTV VIDEO VANGUARD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT award. Last month BEASTIE BOYS were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with DIAMOND and HOROVITZ reading an acceptance speech on behalf of YAUCH, who was unable to attend.
In addition ... YAUCH was a founder of the MILAREPA FUND, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military forces. In 1996, Milarepa produced the first TIBETAN FREEDOM CONCERT in SAN FRANCISCO's GOLDEN GATE PARK, which was attended by 100,000 people, making it the biggest benefit concert on U.S. soil since 1985's LIVE AID. The TIBETAN FREEDOM CONCERT SERIES would continue to stage some of the most significant benefit shows in the world for nearly a decade, following in NEW YORK CITY, WASHINGTON DC, TOKYO, SYDNEY, AMSTERDAM, TAIPEI and other cities.
In the wake of SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001, MILAREPA organized NEW YORKERS AGAINST VIOLENCE, a benefit headlined by BEASTIE BOYS at NEW YORK's HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM, with net proceeds disbursed to the NEW YORK WOMEN'S FOUNDATION DISASTER RELIEF FUND and the NEW YORK ASSOCIATION FOR NEW AMERICANS (NYANA) SEPTEMBER 11TH FUND FOR NEW AMERICANS -- each chosen for their efforts on behalf of 9/11 victims least likely to receive help from other sources.
YAUCH is survived by his wife DECHEN and his daughter TENZIN LOSEL, as well as his parents FRANCES and NOEL YAUCH.
Here's a clip of MCA in action with the rest of the BOYS.
The Tributes Begin
MLB.COM beat writer for the N.Y. METS, ANTHONY DICOMO, reports that the METS will all walk out to their at-bats with BEASTIE BOYS songs in honor of YAUCH's passing.