Adam Yauch, member of the Beastie Boys, has unfortunately passed away after an ongoing battle with cancer.
Beastie Boys began in 1979 by Yauch, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz. HBO will air the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony honoring the group on May 5th. Details further below.
In 2009, it was reported that Yauch would be receiving treatment for a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland, which lead to the cancellation of a few of the Beastie Boys shows, as well as postponed the release of their newest album.
It was later reported in 2011 that Yauch had become a survivor and beat the disease, though as confirmed by Adam himself, his fight was not yet won. The band wrote in response:
“Hello My Friends While I’m grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated. I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.”
This year, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which Adam Yauch was unable to attend, as his health had taken a turn for the worst. These men created 8 albums together, and have become the third rap group to be entered into the Hall, after Run-D.M.C. in 2009 and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 2007.
May he rest in peace.