Yauch, also known as MCA
in a video statement
that he has cancer in one salivary gland, and will undergo surgery. Beastie Boys was scheduled to play at a number of festivals this summer in the United States, but the tour has been put on hold while Yauch receives treatment. Thousands of fans have been posting messages of support for Yauch on the band's website
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. The upcoming album
is called Hot Sauce Committee Part One
. In the past, they have had four number one hit songs, which some might say were well deserved for this hard-working band
. Yauch is a Buddhist, and has been heavily involved in raising awareness about Tibet.
Yauch was diagnosed
with the cancer last week. Yauch told the public that the cancer was "very treatable," and he anticipated a quick recovery.
According to the Mayo Clinic
, salivary gland cancer is rare.