Family man: Yauch with his wife Dechen and daughter, Tenzin Losel
Yauch met his wife Dechen Wangdu in 1995 when they both attended a speech by the Dalai Lama at Harvard University.
At the time, Yauch was struggling with the direction of his life, telling Rolling Stone: ‘I was debating between the idea of being a celibate and becoming a monk or actually having family. I was deciding whether or not I wanted to try being in a serious relationship or just stay on my own.
'Dechen and I started spending some time together and hanging out, it just felt like it would be great to have a family. That would be the right thing to do.'
They married on May 31, 1998, in New York in a traditional Tibetan wedding ceremony.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2139869/Adam-Yauch-dead-Justin-Timberlake-Dalai-Lama-lead-tributes-Beastie-Boys-rapper.html#ixzz1u1UAn4Fr
A rep for the Dalai Lama released a statement over MCA’s death:
"Adam had helped us raise awareness on the plight of the Tibetan people by organizing various freedom Tibet concerts and he will be remembered by his holiness and the Tibetan people."
MCA met with Dalai Lama often while he was ill and was blessed by him last July.
The Beastie Boys’ rapper also turned to a vegan diet after his Tibetan doctors urged him to do so. Despite the treatments and surgery he received for salivary cancer, MCA died at a very young age. His work with one of the industry’s most successful punk-turned-hip-hop groups is legendary.