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Jose Padilla, Spanish DJ famed for Ibiza chill-out music, dies at 64

Jose Padilla, Spanish DJ famed for Ibiza chill-out music, dies at 64

DJ Jose Padilla. (Photo: Facebook/Jose Padilla)

Jose Padilla, a Spanish disc jockey known as the Emperor of Chill for the chill-out music he played at sets in Ibiza, has died. He was 64.

Padilla died Sunday night at a hospital on the Mediterranean island, Spanish private news agency Europa Press reported Tuesday (Oct 20).

The report provided no cause of death. Padilla tweeted in August that he had undergone surgery for cancer.

According to a Facebook post uploaded to his page on Tuesday, Padilla "passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night here on his beloved island of Ibiza". 

The Cafe del Mar bar in Ibiza, where Padilla made his name with sets played at sunset, said in a tweet that he “chilled a generation of clubbers and his art touched the lives of millions” through album sales.

Padilla was behind the celebrated Cafe del Mar musical compilation series. He had a wide range of musical tastes, including pastoral groups such as the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, maverick singer songwriters like John Martyn, flamenco, bossa nova and dub.

Padilla arrived in Ibiza from Barcelona in 1975 and worked as a waiter before starting as a DJ.

(Source: AP)

Source: AP/sr