Dance community loses producer, Roxy resident Peter Rauhofer
Producer, DJ, and remix master Peter Rauhofer will take the decks no more. The 48-year-old Austrian succumbed to brain cancer yesterday, ending a battle that began with the discovery of a brain tumor in April.
Though recognized for his Grammy-nominated work as Club 69 for such pop stars as Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Cher, Rauhofer was best known as a prominent member of New York nightlife, holding a residency at Chelsea’s Roxy and hosting his own WORK events for the gay community, the latest of which Rauhofer pulled out of a day before his death for health reasons.
Though Rauhofer will return to Austria to find his final resting place, “his heart will always remain in New York,” manager Angelo Russo wrote in an obituary posted to Rauhofer’s Facebook page.
The loss of Rauhofer is rippling across the dance community.
“Peter Rauhofer was an innovative and gifted DJ, producer and remixer,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “His impact on EDM will continue to inspire music lovers and keep them dancing.”
“Very sad day indeed,” Carl Cox wrote on Rauhofer’s Facebook. “Your music will always be here for us.”