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Tibet supporter Yauch of Beastie Boys wins battle against cancer

January 10, 2011

Phayul [Friday, January 07, 2011 11:45]
By Kalsang Rinchen

Yauch, seen here at a religious discourse by His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, September 15, 2009. Phayul/File Photo/Abhishek Madhukar
Dharamsala, January 7 ? A longtime supporter of Tibet and member of
Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch, has won his eighteen month long battle against
cancer. The singer, also known as MCA, was diagnosed with cancer in July
2009 after which the band’s album "Hot Sauce Committee, Part 1" was
delayed indefinitely.

Yauch underwent a surgery in July 2009 to remove a cancerous tumor from
his left parotid gland. In September 2009, he visited Dharamsala, the
headquarters of the exile Tibetan government and the home to the Tibetan
leader the Dalai Lama. During his visit, Yauch consulted Tibetan doctors
of traditional Tibetan medicine. In an email update to the Beastie Boys'
official fan list in 2009, Yauch said, "I'm taking Tibetan medicine and
at the recommendation of the Tibetan doctors I've been eating a
vegan/organic diet." He was spotted at a teaching of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama during the same trip.

A Buddhist and supporter of Tibetan cause, Yauch has lent his popularity
to raise awareness about the Tibet issue.

Yauch performing at Freedom Concert for Tibet, file photo
Adam Yauch co-founded the Tibetan Freedom Concert which helped bring
worldwide awareness to the Tibetan situation through music. Compiling
some of the most talented and influential artists from around the world,
the Tibetan Freedom Concert was participated by U2, REM, The Smashing
Pumpkins, Patti Smith, Alanis Morissette, Pearl Jam, Blur, Radiohead,
Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Sonic Youth, Porno For Pyros,
among many others.

The Beastie Boys got their start in the 1970s as a punk rock band, but
made a move to rap in the late 1980s becoming the world's first
successful white rap band.

And his bandmate Mike D revealed the trio's plans to release the second
part of "Hot Sauce Committee" this spring are back on track now that
Yauch has overcome his illness. In an interview on BBC Radio 1, Mike D
calls the news of the all-clear "a good thing", adding, "We're really
happy about it."

The rapper claimed the Beastie Boys were "open" to touring to promote
the upcoming release, but admitted it will all depend on how 46-year-old
Yauch's health holds up. Mike D continues, "We're still going to have to
see how he's doing."
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