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Saturday marks year anniversary of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's death

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KUSA - One year after Beastie Boy Adam 'MCA' Yauch lost a three-year long battle with salivary cancer, a park in Brooklyn Heights was named in his honor.

Surviving Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz, Yauch's parents, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Brooklyn parks commissioner Kevin Jeffrey were at a ceremony to rename Palmetto Playground - just blocks from Yauch's childhood home - after the rapper.

The Beastie Boys, who started rapping in 1983, hit the mainstream with the release of "Licensed to Ill" in 1986, an album that sold nine million copies in the U.S. and spawned the hit "You've Got to Fight For Your Right (To Party!)."

Their next album, "Paul's Boutique," became a template for experimental hip-hop.

Horovitz and Michael Diamond, the two surviving members of the Beastie Boys, inked a book deal last month that will track the band's rise from its high school years to its induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

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