His death follows the 2012 induction of the Beastie Boys into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Diagnosed with cancer in 2009 made it impossible to MCA to attend the ceremony, but was honored by a tribute to the Beastie Boys none the less. Other drama at the induction ceremony may have overshadowed the severity of MCA not attending, thank you Axl.
The Beastie Boys were the first white rap group to appear in the 80′s and it was thought that their breakout hit, “Fight for your Right” was a one time fluke. But after subsequent releases of their following albums, Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication solidified the group as a 90′s staple.
More recently they even released a 30 minute revisit of their classic “Fight for your Right” video featuring just about every contemporary comedian and actor. Definitely worth the watch.
He was 47.