Iconic DJ Spinbad has died aged just 46, his friend has confirmed.
Spinbad, whose real name was Chris Sullivan, passed away in New York yesterday, but his cause of death hasn’t yet been shared.
The sad news was confirmed by his friend, UK DJ Yoda, on Twitter on Wednesday.
Spinbad released two albums, Underground Airplay in 2001 and the compilation album FabricLive.14 in 2004.
He also released several mixtapes and worked on the New York City radio station WHTZ.
Throughout his career Spinbad toured with the likes of electronic music artist Moby, as well as comedian Russell Peters.
DJ Yoda said in his tribute: “I’m raw and almost unable to comment on this right now, but I’ve woken up to the news that Spinbad has gone.”
“This has hit me hard. Spinbad is one of the main reasons that I am a DJ.”
He explained how influential Spinbad had been on his career and for him to get out of his comfort zone as a musician.
DJ Yoda continued: “To this day, I talk about him when I get asked in interviews who my influences are.
“The world is culturally emptier today without him – I wish I had the chance to say goodbye.
“I send love to his family and, today – listen to his 80s mix (the 90s one is amazing too).
“Rest in peace Spinbad.”
Friends and fans of Spinbad have been sharing tributes to him on Twitter.
“Damn, RIP DJ SPINBAD legendary talent,” DJ Kibbutzy Collins tweeted.
DJ Revolution posted: “F**k…my bro Spinbad is gone …..Wtf! I don’t even have any words ….only pain.”
Rapper R.A. the Rugged Man posted: “REST IN PEACE to NYC’s own DJ SPINBAD. Super talent and innovator. Damn.”
Rapper Vinnie Paz said: “Damn. RIP DJ Spinbad. It’s been a minute since we last spoke. I wish that wasn’t the case. safe travels.”
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