by ANDREA FRENCH Staff Writer
Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch passed away on May 4, 2012 at the age of 47, after struggling with cancer for three years. Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in one of the salivary glands in his throat in 2009. As soon as he became aware of his situation, he stopped performing and left the spotlight for a while. He had multiple surgeries and underwent radiation treatments to prevent the spreading of the cancer. The Beastie Boys is an American hip-hop group founded in New York City. The three member include Michael Diamond (Mike D), Adam Horovitz (Ad- Rock), and the recently deceasedYauch (MCA). Yauch taught himself to play guitar when he was only 17 years old, and soon formed a band with his good high school friends, which later became well known as the Beastie Boys. “The Beastie Boys will always be a legend. Even though I am not a huge fan, the band will always be a part of my childhood,” says freshman Catarina Santo. The Beastie Boys had four albums that reached the top of the Billboard Charts: “Licensed to Ill”, “Ill Communication”, “Hello Nasty”, and “To the 5 Boroughs”. Over the years, the Beastie Boys received many awards. Some of these include one of the 500 Greatest Songs on the Billboard list for “Sabotage”. They also are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Beastie Boys were ranked number 77 on the Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, along with the number 89 spot on the VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time. Yauch was a founding member of the Milarepa Foundation. The Milarepa Foundation produced the Tibetan Freedom concert benefits, and the production company Oscilloscope Laboratories. “It is sad to see someone as talented and legendary as him die at such a young age,” says freshman Taylor Zeni.