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.
He organized the first “Tibetan Freedom Concert” in San Francisco in 1996.