It’s with much sadness that we report that DJ/producer Peter Rauhofer has died at 48 after a battle with brain cancer. The Austrian-born artist and head of Star 69 Records was a regular on New York’s house scene for decades, performing and producing under the names Club 59 and Size Queen; holding residencies at the Roxy and Stereo; remixing the likes of Cher, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Yoko Ono, and Pink; and winning a Grammy in 2000 for his remix of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.”

A statement from Rauhofer’s camp posted today on his Facebook page read:

“Today the music industry has lost one of its 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.”

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