Spanish DJ Padilla, the icon of chillout music, dies

Spanish DJ Jose Padilla, who became famous for combining laid-back music and sunset views on the holiday island of Ibiza, died of cancer. He was 64 years old.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Jose passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night here on his beloved island of Ibiza,” a message posted on his Facebook page said Monday.

Born in Barcelona in 1955, he moved to Ibiza at the age of 20 and began working as a DJ in a multi-year career that eventually saw him nominated for a Latin Grammy.

Rose to fame in the 1990s when he became a resident DJ at the Café del Mar bar in San Antoni de Portmany, known for its panoramic sunset views over the Mediterranean.

It was there that he made a name for himself with his compilations of chillout music, drawing hordes of partygoers and spawning albums sold around the world.

“José Padilla has cooled down a generation of clubbers and his art has touched the lives of millions of people. He will always be remembered as the Godfather of Chillout, ”Café del Mar tweeted.

Padilla made his colon cancer diagnosis public in a tweet in July and underwent surgery the following month.

In his latest posts, he asked fans for help due to the impact of the pandemic, claiming that he “had no income and no way to pay the rent.”

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