Cancer Revealed To Be Cause Of Trance DJ Robert Miles' Death
The 'mystery illness' behind trance DJ Robert Miles' death has been revealed to be cancer, according to a statement read out on the Open Lab radio station.
The Swiss-born DJ (real-name Robert Concina) was most famous for his smash hit dance anthem 'Children', which reached number one in 12 different countries.
After the success of 'Children' and his successful 1996 album Dreamland, which included the track alongside fellow hit singles 'Fable' and 'One and One', he moved his style on to experiment with different sounds. He later went on to set up the Balearic-based Open Lab.
Recognition for his success came when he won the best international breakthrough act at the Brit awards in 1997.
Miles at the 1997 Brit Awards. Credit: PA
This morning's reports claimed the 47-year-old had died from a mystery illness and there has been no shortage of tributes from music producers and promoters.
Rip robert miles , will be playing children all day on repeat as it was one of the songs that started it all for me
- Gareth Knife Party (@Garethmcgrillen) May 10, 2017
Dedicated to Robert Miles. Thank you for inspiring many artists and creating beautiful memories. pic.twitter.com/RJX3HVvjIe
- Tomorrowland (@tomorrowland) May 10, 2017
Rest in peace Robert Miles. A truly iconic contributor to trance whose music has and will inspire for generations.https://t.co/mLfvyBnXPf
- Markus Schulz (@MarkusSchulz) May 10, 2017
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Really in shock to hear the news of the passing of Robert Miles... R.I.P.
- Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) May 10, 2017
#RIP Robert Miles. Thank you for the inspiration, direction & courage! https://t.co/v0k2r2Hufn
- Darude (@Darudevil) May 10, 2017
But a statement read out on Open Lab said: "Robert was more than just an artist, he was a pioneer, a creator, an inspiration, a son, a father, our friend."
"Robert passed away peacefully last night after a courageous battle with stage 4 metastatic cancer over the last 9 months."
"Throughout it he was strong, determined, incredibly brave and did everything he could to fight this horrendous disease, Robert was more than just an artist, he was a pioneer, a creator, an inspiration, a son, a father, our friend."
Joe T Vannelli, a close friend of Robert, said: "The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time makes me incredulous and upset.
"I remember 1997 Brit Awards ceremony very well. Robert Miles was the best international newcomer award, introduced by Gary Barlow. Miles was the only one Italian artist winner in BA history.
"I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgements but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled."
RIP Robert Miles.
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