Adam Nathanial Yauch, better known to millions of Beastie Boys fans as the rapper MCA, died yesterday at the age of 47. He finally succumbed to cancer of parotid salivary gland, which he’d been which he’d been diagnosed with just three years ago. He lived a full life, both personally and professionally. Though his death was not violent, it is nonetheless saddening. He was one third of a trio that not only carved out its own unique niche in a revolutionary artform, but continued to innovate and remain commercially viable throughout their careers. Yauch’s contribution to that legacy is beyond measure.
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