Influential DJ/remixer Peter Rauhofer dies at 48

New York club identity Peter Rauhofer has died at the age of 48. The DJ/producer’s manager Angelo Russo broke the news on the official Peter Rauhofer Facebook page, asking fans to “keep his legacy alive by sharing his music with anyone who may not have had the opportunity to experience it for themselves”.

Rauhofer earned a reputation as a star remixer for top-tier pop acts like Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue and Depeche Mode, as well as operating his Star 69 label. It was Rauhofer’s residency at The Roxy in Manhattan that would define him, leading the dancefloor with his percussive, tribal, bass-heavy house. He was a figurehead of the city’s gay scene, and toured regularly around the country.

“Today the music industry has lost one of its true heroes,” Russo wrote. “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.”