New York disco DJ and dance pioneer David Mancuso has died at the age of 72. Tributes from all corners of the music world have flooded in to remember and celebrate the DJ's influence on disco music and dance culture.
Announcing the news via Facebook, Kid Recordings label owner Craig Shifty revealed that Mancuso had passed away on Monday (14 November 2016). Shifty wrote: "It is with a VERY HEAVY HEART I report that pioneering DJ and legendary founder of The Loft, David Mancuso, has sadly passed away. He was 72 years old.
"David was more than just a seminal, influential and elusive figure in the development of DJing and NYC underground club culture, he was FAMILY – a friend and mentor – to both me and Jon. My heart is broken. He will be GREATLY missed but, thankfully, he left the world a lasting vibrant legacy that continues to inspire and influence countless generations of music lovers and clubbers... and what a gift that is!"
Shifty continued: "It's always difficult to say goodbye to someone you love – someone that touched your heart and influenced your life immeasurably. However, we can continue to celebrate David's rich life through his first love – the MUSIC and at the house that he built - The Loft. See you in paradise, my friend. Be sure to save a space for me on the dancefloor. #LoveSavesTheDay."
Paying tribute to the late musician, deep house DJ and producer Kerri Chandler posted on Facebook: "I'm heartbroken to say my dear friend David Mancuso has passed away. I'm at a loss for words, thank you for showing me how it's done. All the things you taught me over the years I will cherish. I will miss you, with Love, Respect and Admiration always."
DJ Roger Sanchez tweeted: "RIP to a true pioneer, David Mancuso – so many icons & originators we lost this year.. #LoveSavesTheDay," while Bestival founder Rob Da Bank said: "RIP David Mancuso – legendary DJ, audiophile, party starter and a huge inspiration on me and my Sunday Best parties from the balloons to the free spirited anything goes vibes which carry on."
Production team Just Blaze said: "Wow. RIP David Mancuso. 2016 is playing no games."
Mancuso founded legendary New York venue The Loft, which is widely regarded as the first underground dance party, and rose to prominence with the Love Saves The Day events in the 1970s. Mancuso was inducted into the Dance Music Hall Of Fame in 2005.