I can’t even begin to understand this.
Mr. Yauch’s mother said he died at 9 a.m. on Friday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan with his parents, his in-laws, his wife, Dechen Wangdu, and his 13-year-old daughter, Tenzin Losel Yauch, at his bedside. He had been admitted to the hospital on April 14 after a three-year battle with cancer of the salivary gland. He was conscious until the end.
“He was a very courageous person,” his mother, Frances Yauch, said. “He fought a long battle with cancer. He was hopeful to the very end.”
Mrs. Yauch said had been undergoing chemotherapy this spring, but his health deteriorated rapidly over the last two weeks. “It all just seemed to happen overnight,” she said. She added: “He was a terrific guy and had a brief but really wonderful life. We are really proud of him.”
My father died of cancer when I was five, leaving behind a wife and two kids. Yauch was 47, four years older than I am. I held back having a kid because I know what his wife and daughter are now going through, what his parents and in-laws are facing. I saw it all in my family, and this was always my biggest fear about having a kid. It’s still my biggest fear for Julian and it probably always will be. I love the Beasties and I mourn for us as fans, but I’m completely heartbroken for his family.