Peter Rauhofer died today (May 7, 2013) at the age or 48, a month after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Peter was far more than a popular DJ, running the club circuit, taking names and numbers. Yes, he won a Grammy, ran a label and worked with the likes of Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Cher and countless others—and yes, he took names and numbers too—that’s the music biz.
2007, The Roxy in New York City. Peter was resident DJ at the club’s weekly gay night event called, ‘Work’. Any New York club-goer will agree these were the days of Peter’s essence and livelihood. That is this author’s memories of the dearly departed music hero.
“Today the music industry has lost one of it’s true heroes.
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.
Through his music, Peter will live forever. The brightest stars always burn out too soon. Peter, you were loved and you will be terribly missed. Goodbye my friend. Please rest in peace knowing that you have brought so much joy to so many of us. I ask that his true fans keep his legacy alive by sharing his music with anyone who may not have had the opportunity to experience it for themselves.”- Reads Peter Rauhofer’s Facebook Page
The comments from fellow DJs, such as Carl Cox (“Very sad day indeed, your music will always be here for us. My condolence to your family and friends.”) or tweets from Markus Schulz (“RIP @PeterRauhofer. You always been an inspiration. I will play your remix of Depeche Mode- I Feel Loved at @AvalonHollywood this weekend.”) and fellow NYC-spinner mainstay DJ Boris (“RIP to a legend in the danceworld- Peter Rauhofer”), surrounding his untimely death are pouring out.
The supremely talented duo Gabriel & Dresdon say it with music: “this is one of the reasons why @PeterRauhofer is a legend:”
Watch, remember and RIP Peter Rauhofer. The music lives on.