By Jose Miranda / ( | First Posted: May 05, 2012 06:14 PM EDT

The Beastie Boys (L-R) Mike Diamond, Adam Horowitz and Adam Yauch are photographed at the 2006 Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah, January 22, 2006. (Photo : REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys died on Friday at the age or 47 but the cause of his death is still unclear.

Yauch was the former rapper for the Beastie Boys, a band that rose to stardom in the 80's decade for songs such as '(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)', 'Sabotage' and 'Root Down'.

Yauch, also known as MCA, was diagnosed with a form of cancer on the salivary gland in 2009 and since then may have found his health deteriorating gradually.

Although still unknown whether Yauch died because of complications directly related to cancer, Yauch health in some cases forced delays and cancellations for some shows or even the launch of the band's album 'The Hot Sauce Committee Part 2' .

In announcements related to the delays and cancellations of such in the past, MCA made a video giving the following statements:

"I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we'll release the record and play some shows. It's a pain in the neck, sorry had to say it, because I was really looking forward to playing these shows, but the doctors have made it clear that this is not the kind of thing that can be put aside to deal with later."

The Beastie Boys' popularity was not limited to the 80's only but would continue on in the 90's and gradually wind down into and after the Millennium.

In the 90's decade the band released music videos that would go on to influence how other artists filmed their own. The band's music videos were comical, creative and at the same time eccentric, and good examples of their video style back then are 'Body Movin' and 'Intergalactic'.

During the band's successful history, the band would produce a total of 7 albums and with one in particular called 'Licensed to Ill' selling more than 9 million copies.

The following gallery features Yauch in various moments throughout the band's history:

Adam Yauch (MCA) of The Beastie Boys leans into the crowd as he performs during MTV2's
Adam Yauch (MCA) 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 this June 9, 2004 file photo. Yauch died of cancer May 4, 2012, according to media reports. REUTERS/Ethan Miller/Files
English: Beastie Boys; Maybe
English: Beastie Boys; Maybe "Check your Head" tour at Club Citta Kawasaki, Japan (Credit: Masao Nakagami / Creative Commons)
(Credit: JasonLangheine / Creative Commons)
(Credit: JasonLangheine / Creative Commons)


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