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Tributes flow as DJ Ajax dies

One of Australia’s most respected DJs, Sydney stalwart Ajax has died in Melbourne overnight. Ajax, real name Adrian Thomas, was one of the founding members of the Bang Gang crew that helped usher electro to a wider audience in Australia and worldwide.

Ajax founded Sweat It Out records – a label that included artists like Yolanda Be Cool and Oh Snap! On its roster – and took out the title of Australia’s #1 DJ in the inthemix awards in 2006 and 2007, ranking in the Top 5 every year from 2005-2009. Ajax was able to transition from DJ to promoter to record label and artist manager, using his entrepreneurial skills to develop a strong brand both in Australia and internationally.

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Thomas died when he was struck by a truck in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville overnight. “It’s believed the man ran in front of the north-bound truck on College Crescent shortly before 1am. He died at the scene,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed.

Chinese Laundry, where Ajax was a resident for 7 years, was one of the first to break the news on social media. Pioneering and well loved by audiences and the industry, the tributes to Adrian have been flowing in worldwide:

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