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Scenes from MCA's career with the Beastie Boys

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

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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.

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Yauch attends a special evening to honor artist Ross Bleckner's appointment as Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations, on May 12, 2009.

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The Beastie Boys (from left) Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, and Adam "MCA" Yauch. 1989 file photo.

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The Beastie Boys rehearse at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sept. 7, 1994. Left, Adam Yauch plays bass.

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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.

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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.

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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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