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The Year in Review 2012 : Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch Dies

Image courtesy of NastyLittleMan.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of NastyLittleMan.com (via ABC News Radio)

Pioneering rap group the Beastie Boys suffered a tragic blow in 2012 when the group’s co-founder, Adam "MCA" Yauch , died on May 4 at the age of 47. Yauch had been fighting cancer since 2009, when a tumor was discovered in his salivary gland.  Release of the band's most recent album, last year’s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two , was delayed by Yauch's continuing cancer treatment. 

Yauch directed many of the Beasties' iconic videos and in 2008 founded the film company Oscilloscope Laboratories, which has distributed a number of independent films, including Yauch's own feature-length directorial effort, a documentary about basketball called Gunnin' for That #1 Spot.

In addition to his role in the Beasties, Yauch was also a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding of Chinese occupation of Tibet.  Beginning in 1996, the fund produced a series of Tibet benefit shows for nearly a decade.  Following the attacks of September 11, the fund also produced a benefit for victims of the attacks.

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