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Peter Rauhofer Dies of Brain Cancer

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Legendary New York house DJ Peter Rauhofer has died aged 48, weeks after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.


Peter’s manager Angello Russo announced the news via a touching tribute posted on Facebook.


“Today the music industry has lost one of it’s 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.”


Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia and Frankie Knuckles were among scores of high profile DJs and  fans who paid tribute via Facebook.


“Very sad day indeed, your music will always be here for us. My condolence to your family and friends,” said Carl.


“Many people will come and go in this business, but very few will ever achieve all that Peter had achieved in over 2 decades with his undying devotion and dedication to dance music,” Danny Tenaglia commented.


“He brought so much joy to dance floors globally and his music will sorely be missed but it shall live on forever! Rest in peace my one time label-mate. And for what it’s worth: although I hardly saw him much after Twilo closed, and as we had both drifted into extremely different directions, the respect for each others efforts always remained.


When it comes down to what Peter had committed himself to, his “consistency” from the early days of Tribal and Twisted Records as well his own *69 label and the gazillions of major label remixes (for some of the world’s biggest talents) will always be a victory that is untouchable as we now enter a new phase in this rapidly changing career. The Grammy he received was very well earned indeed! May God bless you Peter and keep you close, always.”


“Respect to a great producer. Sleep well, Peter,” Frankie Knuckles added.




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