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Beastie Boys members Adam Yauch "MCA," right, Adam Horovitz "Adrock," center, and Mike Diamond "Mike D," reflected in a mirror, pose for a photograph during an interview in Toronto. Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper who co-founded the seminal hip-hop group, has died at age 47.

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The Beastie Boys: from left, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, Adam "MCA" Yauch, and Michael "Mike D" Diamond

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Members of the Beastie Boys, from left, Adam Horovitz, known as Adrock, Michael Diamond, known as Mike D and Adam Yauch, known as MCA, arrive at the premiere of their new film "Awesome; I ... Shot That!" in New York. The film, which documents a 2004 Beastie Boys concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, is comprised of footage shot by 50 fans who were given cameras to record the show.

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Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch arrives for the world premiere of the new movie "Jackass 3D," in New York.

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The Beastie Boys -- Adam Yauch, left, Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond on drums -- rehearse at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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Adam Yauch attends a special evening to honor artist Ross Bleckner's appointment as Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations.

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Beastie Boys Adam "MCA" Yauch, left, Adam "Adrock" Horovitz and Mike "Mike D" Diamond pose for a photograph in Toronto.

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Beastie Boys Adam "MCA" Yauch, left, Adam "Adrock" Horovitz and Mike "Mike D" Diamond pose for a photograph in Toronto.

Associated Press file photo, 2006

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Adam Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper who co-founded the seminal hip-hop group, has died at age 47. Yauch, whos also known as MCA, was diagnosed with a cancerous parotid gland in 2009. He had undergone surgery and radiation.
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    • Beastie Boys members Adam Yauch “MCA,” right, Adam Horovitz “Adrock,” center, and Mike Diamond “Mike D,” reflected in a mirror, pose for a photograph during an interview in Toronto. Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper who co-founded the seminal hip-hop group, has died at age 47.
    • The Beastie Boys: from left, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Adam “MCA” Yauch, and Michael “Mike D” Diamond
    • Members of the Beastie Boys, from left, Adam Horovitz, known as Adrock, Michael Diamond, known as Mike D and Adam Yauch, known as MCA, arrive at the premiere of their new film “Awesome; I ... Shot That!” in New York. The film, which documents a 2004 Beastie Boys concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden, is comprised of footage shot by 50 fans who were given cameras to record the show.
    • Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch arrives for the world premiere of the new movie “Jackass 3D,” in New York.
    • The Beastie Boys — Adam Yauch, left, Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond on drums — rehearse at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
    • Adam Yauch attends a special evening to honor artist Ross Bleckner’s appointment as Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations.
    • Beastie Boys Adam “MCA” Yauch, left, Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond pose for a photograph in Toronto.
    • Beastie Boys Adam “MCA” Yauch, left, Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond pose for a photograph in Toronto.
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