Breaking news: Adam Yauch dead at 47
Adam Yauch, one-third of the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone reports.
Russell Simmons' website GlobalGrind.com first reported the death.
Yauch - also known as MCA - had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. He was diagnosed that year after a tumour was discovered in his salivary gland. At the moment it's unclear if the death is related to the rapper's battle with cancer.
Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz in 1979. The band started off as a hardcore punk group, but soon began experimenting with hip-hop. The band broke big with their first proper album, "Licensed to Ill," in 1986.
The group has won multiple Grammys and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.