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José Padilla dead: Legendary Ibiza DJ dies after colon cancer battle aged 64

Legendary Ibiza DJ José Padilla has died after a battle with colon cancer aged 64. The producer died in his sleep on Sunday night, according to a statement on his Facebook page. It reads: “Hola amigos. It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that José passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night here on his beloved island of Ibiza.

“His family and friends would like to say thank you to everybody who sent donations and messages of support to help make his last few months easier, and to all the staff of Can Misses Hospital for taking care of him until the end.

“Now he has gone and the sunset in Ibiza will never be the same without him, but the beautiful music of Jose Padilla will stay with us forever. Adiós maestro… x.”

Back in July, the DJ set up an online fundraiser after telling fans he had cancer and was “completely broke”.

He wrote on his GoFundMe appeal: “Hola amigos, unfortunately I have some bad news.

“Some days ago I was taken to hospital and I have been diagnosed with colon cancer and now I am waiting for an operation.

“My situation is very bad, I am completely broken after 5 months with no income whatsoever and no way to pay my rent, so humbly I ask if you can help me with your donations.”

“Thank you Love & Music, Jose,” he concluded.

The Barcelona-born artist was widely known for his sunset sets in the 1990s on the famous party island.

He took over DJ residency at Cafe del Mar in 1991 and went on to play at Cafe Mambo.

Jose compiled the first Cafe del Mar album for the React label in 1994.

Tributes have flooded in for the late DJ on Twitter this evening.

One user wrote: “RIP Jose Padilla. Thank you for the music. X.”

Ministry of Sound commented: “RIP José Padilla. Pioneer of the Balearic sound, and the legend behind Café del Mar.”

A third penned: “RIP DJ and record producer Jose Padilla. A true hero and pioneer of DJ culture.

“Now spinning his last tune to a beautiful and eternal sunset.”

“RIP Jose #josepadilla Thanks for the good vibes,” another added.

Jose discussed getting into music from a young age while growing up on Spain in an interview back in 2005.

“The first time I saw a DJ in action, that’s what I wanted to do,” he revealed.

“I was about 16. It was in Lloret de Mar [on the Costa Brava]. I was DJing for nothing, really.

“I was a friend of the main DJ, so he was letting me play a few tracks when he went to the toilet or when he was tired.

“In those days, a DJ played all night long… My first wages as a DJ, I was 19, something like that.

“It was £15 a week – 3,000 pesetas, I always remember. It was good for a 19-year-old guy,” he added in an interview with Red Bull Music Academy.

The DJ began working in Ibiza from the age of 21 in 1976.

He went on to say: “When you’re that age… I was fighting with my family, so I was escaping from [them].

“I didn’t want to do the job they wanted me to do… the usual teenage thing. I ended up there and I’m still there.”


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