Dance Music Hall of Fame inductee David Mancuso has died aged 72.
Mancuso, a DJ who in the 1970s originated Manhattan's legendary invite-only underground parties, passed away on Monday (14Nov16).
The first event Mancuso held was at New York’s The Loft venue in 1970. The term The Loft subsequently became synonymous with any venue Mancuso held one of his pioneering raves.
The DJ's parties helped spawn the Big Apple’s dance music scene, and he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005 for his contribution to club culture.
Craig Shifty, the owner of dance record label Kid Recordings, announced his friend's passing on Facebook.
"David was more than just a seminal, influential and elusive figure in the development of DJing and NYC underground club culture, he was FAMILY - a friend and mentor," he wrote. "My heart is broken. He will GREATLY missed but, thankfully, he left the world a lasting vibrant legacy that continues to inspire and influence countless generations of music lovers and clubbers...and what a gift that is!!"
Unlike the owners of commercial clubs, who aim to make a profit, Mancuso focused primarily on providing a haven for his clientele, which made his club nights, and in particular his event Love Saves the Day, popular among the gay community.
Roger Sanchez also shared his condolences, writing, "RIP to a true pioneer, David Mancuso - so many icons & originators we lost this year," in a post accompanied by a picture of the dance music originator.