Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Diagnosed with Cancer; Group Cancels Tour, Postpones Album

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Unfortunate news arrived this morning from legendary New York-based rap trio, Beastie Boys, namely that band member Adam Yauch (MCA) has a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. The tumor was detected early and localized in a single area, so hopes are high for effective treatment. Thankfully, the tumor is not located where it might affect Yauch's vocal chords.

Yauch will have to undergo surgery and several weeks of treatment. As such, the Beasties, who recently headlined Bonnaroo alongside Bruce Springsteen, Snoop Dogg and Nine Inch Nails, have cancelled all upcoming live shows. They've also postponed the release of their next album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1.