Beastie Boy Adam 'MCA' Yauch died on Friday, May 4 after a three-year battle with cancer. Here's a look back at his career as a hip-hop pioneer
Tibetan Freedom Concert co-organizer Adam Yauch tears through a number during the Beastie Boys set Saturday, July 15, 1996, at the Polo Fields in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Yauch attends a special evening to honor artist Ross Bleckner's appointment as Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations, on May 12, 2009.
The Beastie Boys (from left) Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, and Adam "MCA" Yauch. 1989 file photo.
The Beastie Boys rehearse at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sept. 7, 1994. Left, Adam Yauch plays bass.
Members of the Beastie Boys arrive at the 11th annual Webby Awards honoring online content in New York on June 5, 2007. Adam Yauch, right, died Friday.
Beastie Boys Adam "MCA" Yauch, left, Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, centre, and Mike "Mike D" Diamond pose for a photograph in Toronto Wednesday, July 26, 2006.
Adam 'MCA' Yauch of The Beastie Boys leans into the crowd as he performs during MTV2's "2$Bill" concert series at the Huntridge Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2004.
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Adam Yauch arrives at the premiere of The Social Network in New York, on Sept. 24, 2010.
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The Beastie Boys, Mike Diamond (L), Adam Horowitz and Adam Yauch (R), are photographed at the 2006 Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah.
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Members of the Beastie Boys, from left, Adam 'Adrock' Horovitz, Michael 'Mike D' Diamond, and Adam 'MCA' Yauch arrive at the premiere of their new film "Awesome; I ... Shot That!" in New York, in 2006. 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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Adam 'MCA' Yauch arrives for the world premiere of the new movie 'Jackass 3D' in New York in 2010.
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Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch has died, according to mentor Russell Simmons. Shown: Beastie Boys Adam 'MCA' Yauch, right, Adam Horovitz (Adrock), centre, and Mike Diamond (Mike D), reflected in mirror, pose for a photograph in Toronto Wednesday, July 26, 2006.
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