DJ Stu Allen is being remembered as a “90s music icon” after his death was announced on social media.
Tributes are following for the Manchester-based musician after friends and family shared he had died on social media.
Allen was known as an influential force throughout the house music scene who had a huge heart as well as his talent.
He worked for Piccadilly Radio – now known as Greatest Hits Radio – and Key 103 – which today is Hits Radio – during the 80s and 90s.
A Twitter post announcing his death said: “It is with much sadness that we write this message to let you know that Stu has passed away today.
“We will be holding a memorial event in Stu’s memory sometime soon, where we can all celebrate his amazing life. Please leave a comment below and what memories you have of Stu.”
Legendary techno DJ Carl Cox paid tribute to one of his “heroes” last night and offered his condolences to Stu’s family.
He wrote on Instagram: “I am so very sorry to hear this news today, His name is Stu Allen.
“We have lost one of my heroes and a shining light of the Rave scene he helped build. Never forget.
“My condolences goes out to his family and friends.”
Kiss FM’s Anton Powers said: “He was my inspiration to be a DJ. […] I listened to his Key 103 shows religiously.
“They say never meet you heroes but with Stu that wasn’t true.”
Fellow broadcaster Justin Robertson said: “He introduced me to more amazing music than I can remember.
“[His shows] were my introduction to the sound of hip hop and house. Impeccable selector and inspiration.”
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One person commented: “Absolute legend. A massive loss to the music and raving world.”
“Had many house raves listening to his sets”.
Someone else wrote: “A caring and kind man who paved the way for not just me but countless other Manchester DJs.
“A naturally gifted broadcaster. A pioneer. I’ll miss you Stu.”