DJ Stu Allan has died at the age of 60 after a nearly year-long battle with cancer.
The death of the 1990s dance music legend was announced on social media in a heartfelt statement on Thursday.
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 at the age of 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 has finally found peace after his illness.”
The statement continued, “We will be holding a memorial service in Stu’s memory soon where we can all celebrate his amazing life.
“But right now, the family of Alison, Paul, Gary and Stu need time to come to terms with their loss.
Passed on: The death of the 1990s dance music legend was announced on social media in a heartfelt statement on Thursday
“Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and tell us how you knew Stu and what memories you have of him.”
A similar statement was also shared on Twitter, with both announcements including an animated photo of the Manchester-based DJ doing the job he loved.
Following the news of Stu’s death, many other DJs and musicians took to Twitter to share their sadness at his death.
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 in dance music that I can remember. What a pioneer of the scene and a legend from the north.”
John Brewin wrote: “Very sad. Stu Allan is the first radio DJ I heard playing rap, house, R&B and rave music from the mid 1980s. Those of us who have heard Piccadilly and Key 103 have been privileged to hear such a pioneer. He had a great deep voice for the radio. Some comedy catchphrases too.’
“He was my inspiration to become a DJ. When I was 15 I got a fake ID to see him play and I listened to his Key 103 shows religiously. They say you never meet, heroes, but that wasn’t true of Stu. RIP Stu and thoughts with your family,’ shared Anton Powers.
Tributes: Following the news of Stu’s death, many other DJs and musicians took to Twitter to share their sadness at his passing
While Mark Breeze added, “What a nice guy and great DJ, I’ve been listening to you from Amnesia House, Bowlers and Key103.”
Meanwhile, a multitude of fans and music lovers have come forward to express their sadness at his passing.
One person wrote: “Absolute legend, a massive loss to the music and raving world.”
A second disgruntled music fan added: “Eviscerated. So sad to hear that. RIP Stu.’
Condolences: Meanwhile, a multitude of fans and music lovers have come forward to express their sadness at his passing
‘I’m burned out. His mixes were a soundtrack of my youth. RIP Stu’ tweeted a third.
With another addition: “Very sad news indeed. Great nights and memories at different clubs thanks to Stu.’
Stu was a fan favorite in the 1990s rave scene and worked at Piccadilly Radio and Key 103 in Manchester in the 1980s and 1990s.
The DJ was a pioneer of dance music in the north of England, while his popular mixes of house, hip hop and hardcore music earned him DJ Magazine’s #3 DJ spot in 1993.
Update: The DJ had been candid with his fans about his cancer battle, with Stu sharing a picture of himself being treated in hospital
Stuart began 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 eurodance act Clock, continued to be a major force on the UK old skool house and hardcore music scene, with gigs and festival bookings planned for later that year.
The DJ had been candid with his fans about his cancer battle, with Stu sharing a picture of himself being treated in hospital.
He wrote: “Just a little update for the curious crew
“That was me earlier this week on my next road to recovery having been ‘treated’ for a rare GIST. Please bear with me – some days I’m fine and other days I feel a little crappy but it will be alright. Thank you for your concern.
Stuart is survived by wife Alison, whom he married in 2015.
Tragedy: Stuart is survived by wife Alison, whom he married in 2015 (pictured together in an anniversary post Stu shared last year
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-11241211/DJ-Stu-Allan-dies-aged-60-Music-legend-passes-away-battling-cancer-year.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 DJ Stu Allan dies aged 60: The music legend dies after battling cancer for nearly a year