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Beastie Boys Singer Adam Yauch Diagnosed with Cancer

 Atlanta, GA 7/20/2009 06:09 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Jeff Christensen / AP (image courtesy of MSNBC)Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer. A cancerous tumor was found on the musician’s left salivary gland, the rapper’s record label, EMI, says.

Yauch, 44, is expected to make a full recovery. The diagnosis has forced the Beastie Boys to cancel their upcoming tour and postpone the September 15 release of their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1.

“Our thoughts, love and prayers are with Adam Yauch, his family and the Beastie Boys. The most important thing is to allow Adam to focus on staying healthy. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery,” EMI said in a statement.

“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,” Yauch says in a video posted on the band’s Web site.

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