updated 05/04/2012 AT 2:20 PM ET
•originally published 05/04/2012 AT 1:30 PM ET
Adam Yauch, a founding member of the hip-hop group Beastie Boys, died Friday in New York after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. He was 47.
Known by his stage name MCA, Yauch was inducted just last month into the Rock and Hall of Fame but was too ill to join bandmates Mike ‘Mike D’ Diamond and Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz at the ceremony.
Reverend Run from Run-D.M.C. added, “I’m devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch’s family from the legendary Beastie Boys. You’ll be missed!”
The Brooklyn-born Yauch taught himself to play the bass guitar and, while in high school, formed the Beastie Boys.