On May 4th Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away after a battle with cancer. Yauch was only 47 years old and his death was shocking news to those who grew up with the lyrics and music of the Beastie Boys.
When the Beastie Boys first rose to fame in the 1980s they were a force to be reckoned with. Parents and much of the older generation were very concerned over their lyrics and performances, which were coined as “vulgar, disrespectful and offensive”. However, the Beastie Boys’ attitude resonated with the younger generation and they quickly rose to popularity, striking their greatest resonance with their album License to Ill.
The members of the band grew up together inNew York, two members being fromManhattanand one being from upperBrooklyn. In fact, they said that they had known each other since kindergarten. They were doing their first national tour by the time they were 19 years of age.
Album records for the Beastie Boys sky-rocketed back onto the charts after the death of Yauch. Song requests for the band on Spotify went up by 1,700%. This only shows that while the artist may pass on, they have left a portion of themselves that will stay forever.
So far we have seen no information to indicate whether Yauch had an estate plan in place or not. Too many times those who die at a younger age fail to plan ahead, assuming that they have another 30-40 years left to live. However, Yauch was fighting cancer and likely knew his time may be running short and may have prepared accordingly. We certainly hope he did.
Rest in peace Adam “MCA” Yauch.
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