Adam "MCA" Yauch, a founding member of the legendary rap group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47.
Yauch, who had been undergoing cancer treatment, stunned fans in 2009 when he announced he was pulling out of a planned tour after discovering cancer on his parotid gland and lymph node.
A rep for the rapper, songwriter and director did not immediately release a statement on the passing.
Yauch was widely known for his work with the Beastie Boys which he founded in 1979 alongside Ad Roc, Mix Master Mike and Mike D.
Their latest album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2, was released this week.
No music videos were made for the album due to Yauch's illness.
Longtime friend Russel Simmons, who is credited with breaking the news of Yauch's death Friday, released a statement, expressing his sadness over the untimely news.
"Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us," he said.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times