By Gil Kaufman
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Ever since Beastie Boys member Adam "McA" Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid gland, a salivary gland in the throat in 2009, the rapper kept an upbeat attitude in public about his chances of beating the disease.
Unfortunately, Yauch, 47, wasn't able to win his three-year battle and died on Friday after several years spent out of the spotlight as he struggled to regain his health. Spokespeople for Yauch have not revealed what the cause of death was, but according to Dr. Spiro Manolidis, a head and neck cancer specialist in the Department of Otolaryngology at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, it is not unusual for this type of cancer to turn deadly.
"This is a very tricky cancer," said Manolidis, who did not treat Yauch,