Spanish DJ Jose Padilla, who became famous for pairing relaxed music with sunset views on the holiday island of Ibiza, has died of cancer at the age of 64.
“It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that Jose passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night here on his beloved island of Ibiza,” said a message published on his Facebook page late on Monday.
Breaking #ibiza2020 News:
He had been fighting Cancer. Our deepest condolences to his family & friends.
Ar dheist Dé go raibh a anam dílis🙏😞 pic.twitter.com/lJspFfZtDL
— DannyKayIbiza (@DannyKayIbiza) October 19, 2020
Born in Barcelona in 1955, he moved to Ibiza when he was 20 and began working as a DJ in a years-long career which ultimately saw him nominated for a Latin Grammy.
He shot to fame in the 1990s when he became the resident DJ at the Cafe del Mar bar in San Antoni de Portmany, which is known for its sweeping sunset views of the Mediterranean. It was there that he made a name for himself with his compilations of “chillout” music, drawing hoards of partygoers to the bar and spawning albums that sold around the world.
“Jose Padilla chilled a generation of clubbers and his art touched the lives of millions. He will always be remembered as the Godfather of Chillout,” the Cafe del Mar tweeted.
In memory of the Godfather of the Balearic music scene #ibiza2020
Commemorative playlist by a man who was by Padilla’s side during the early years of that movement, inspired by freedom of expression in mixing style @Dj_Pippi_Ibiza https://t.co/ipmeS81FNV pic.twitter.com/yhjbnsZE03
— DannyKayIbiza (@DannyKayIbiza) October 20, 2020
Padilla went public with his colon cancer diagnosis in a tweet in July and underwent surgery the following month. In his last few messages, he asked fans for help due to the impact of the pandemic, saying he had “no income whatsoever and no way to pay my rent”.
Source: AFP Relax News