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DJ Stu Allan has died aged 60 after a nearly year-long battle with cancer.
The death of the ’90s dance music legend was announced on social media on Thursday in an emotional statement.
The message shared on his Facebook read: “It is with great sadness that we write this message to let you know that Stu passed away today.
Rest in Peace: DJ Stu Allan has died aged 60 after a nearly year-long battle with cancer
“As you know, he has been ill for some time and has been battling cancer for almost a year.
“While we are so sad that he is no longer with us, we are relieved that he is finally at peace after his illness.”
The statement continued: “We will soon be holding a memorial event in Stu’s memory where we can all celebrate his incredible life.
“But for now the family of Alison, Paul, Gary and Stu need time to come to terms with their loss.
Delivered: The death of the Nineties dance music legend was announced on social media on Thursday in an emotional statement
“Please feel free to leave a comment below and tell us how you know Stu and what memories you have of him.”
A similar statement was also shared on Twitter, with both messages featuring an animated photo of the Manchester DJ doing what he loves.
Following the news of Stu’s death, a number of fellow DJs and musicians took to Twitter to share their grief at his passing.
So sad: The message shared on his Facebook read: “It is with great sadness that we write this message to let you know that Stu passed away today.”
Friend Within wrote: “Stu Allan was one of the earliest names I can remember in dance music. What a pioneer of the scene and a northern legend.
John Bruin wrote: “Very sad. Stu Allan is the first radio DJ I heard playing rap, house, r&b and rave music from the mid 80’s onwards. Those of us who listened to Piccadilly and Key 103 were privileged to hear such a pioneer. He had a great deep voice for the radio. Some comedic catchphrases too.
“He was my inspiration to be a DJ. I got a fake ID when I was 15 to see him play and listened to his Key 103 shows religiously. They say you never meet heroes, but with Stu that wasn’t true. RIP Stu and thoughts with your family,” shared Anton Powers.
While Mark Breeze added: “What a lovely man and great DJ, I’ve been listening to you from Amnesia house, Bowlers and Key103.”
Meanwhile, scores of fans and music lovers have reached out to express their grief over his death.
One person wrote: “An absolute legend, a huge loss to the music and rave world.”
A second upset music fan added: “Gutted. So sad to hear that. RIP Stu.
“I’m gutted. His mixes were the soundtrack to my youth. RIP Stu’ tweeted a third.
With one more addition: “Very sad news indeed. Great nights and memories at various clubs thanks to Stu.
Stu was a fan favorite in the 90s rave scene and worked at Piccadilly Radio and Key 103 in Manchester in the 80s and 90s.
The DJ was a pioneer of dance music in the North of England, while his popular mixes of house, hip-hop, hardcore music earned him the DJ Magazine No.3 ranking in 1993.
Stuart started DJing in 1982 and between 1984 and 1986 his mixes and remixes were played on Piccadilly Radio and featured on a number of shows including those of Chris Evans, Timmy Mallet and Tim Grundy.
Stu, who was also part of the Eurodance band Clock, has continued to be a force on the UK Old Skool house and hardcore music scenes, with gigs and festival bookings set for later this year.
The DJ has been open with his fans about his battle with cancer, with Stu sharing a photo of himself while he’s being treated in hospital.
He wrote: “Just a little update for the curious team
“That was me earlier in the week on my next road to recovery, getting ‘treatment’ for a rare GIST. Please be patient – some days I’ll be fine and other days I’ll feel a little sick, but everything will be fine. Thank you for your concern.”
Stewart leaves his wife Alison, whom he married in 2016.