Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys dies at 47

Adam Yauch, one of the founders of the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died of cancer at the age of 47.

Yauch, who went by the name MCA, had been battling cancer since 2009.

Yauch was a practicing Buddhist, who actively supported Tibetan causes.

In 1994, he established the Milarepa Fund — an organization dedicated to the promotion of nonviolence — and became a leader of the movement to liberate Tibet from Chinese occupation. The fund was named after the 11th century Tibetan singer-yogi Milarepa, and was originally intended to distribute royalties from Yauch’s Beastie Boys’ 1994 songs “Shambhala” and “Bodhisattva Vow,” which had sampled the chanting of Tibetan monks, to support Tibetan independence.… Read more »

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Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch ‘smashing’ cancer with meditation

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys has invited fans to join him in daily meditation sessions. In an e-mail blast sent Tuesday afternoon, Yauch said that he and a few friends were participating in the twice-daily meditations and were hoping kindred spirits might join them.

“We are picturing smashing apart all of the cancer cells in the world,” wrote Yauch, who is in recovery after being diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his parotid gland last year. The rapper, also known as MCA, is hoping friends and fans will join him at 9:30AM and 6:30PM ET, for about an hour and a half.

“We are visualizing taking the energy away from the cancer, and then … Read more »

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