NEW YORK – Internationally known DJ, remixer, producer and label owner Peter Rauhofer has died of complications related to brain cancer, his manager reported on Facebook today. He was 48.
Here is the Facebook message:
Today the music industry has lost one of its true heroes.
With a heavy heart I must now report that Peter Rauhofer has lost his battle with brain cancer.
He passed quietly today and is survived by his mother, Helga, who resides in Austria.
She will transport Peter back home to his final resting place there, but to all that knew Peter, his heart will always be in New York City.
It makes me sad, not only that I have lost a friend, but that the world has lost an amazing talent and that future generations will never get to understand the magic that Peter created night after night all over the world.
He is gone too soon but we will always have the vast body of music that Peter left for us.
Through his music, Peter will live forever. The brightest stars always burn out too soon. Peter, you were loved and you will be terribly missed. Goodbye my friend. Please rest in peace knowing that you have brought so much joy to so many of us. I ask that his true fans keep his legacy alive by sharing his music with anyone who may not have had the opportunity to experience it for themselves.
Within 10 minutes of today’s posting, hundreds of people poured out their grief and respect to Rauhofer. To read the comments, click HERE.
The manager reported on April 17 on Facebook that Rauhofer had been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Born in Vienna, Austria, Rauhofer made New York City his home. He is survived by his mother, who lives in Austria.
Rauhofer won a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Remixer of the Year for his remix of Cher’s “Believe.” He has been hailed for his remixes of Madonna, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Jessica Simpson, Pink and Mariah Carey.
Rauhofer has previously worked under the names Club 69 and Size Queen. He is the main man behind the tribal house record label Star 69, where he is frequently a producer.
Rauhofer spinned at clubs around the world and at gay circuit parties, and was considered one of the top DJs in demand.
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