Beastie Boys’ MCA Feels He’s Beaten Cancer

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Vibe / October 9, 2009

Three months ago, Beastie Boys member MCA revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Today, the 45-year-old rapper (born Adam Yauch) says he’s on the road to recovery and is feeling healthier every day.

In an email sent to the group’s mailing list, MCA revealed that he’s been receiving treatment from Tibetan specialists and feels like he’s “beaten this thing.”

“I’m feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that I’ve beaten this thing, but of course time will tell,” he wrote. “I’m taking Tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of the Tibetan doctors I’ve been eating a vegan/organic diet, which surprisingly enough was harder to do in India than it is now that I’m back home. Here I can just shop for the right food and cook… a lot easier than depending on restaurants.”

MCA is currently in Massachusetts, where he’s resting and spending time with family.

Before the diagnosis, the Beasties were preparing the release of a new album, titled Hot Sauce Committee, Part One, and a corresponding tour. MCA says he expects it to drop in the first half of 2010.