[BREAKING: DJ Hideo's family has set up a site to help with his medical and funeral bills. Click here to donate.]
Several news sources are confirming that DJ Hideo, the “Hardest Working DJ on the West Coast,” has passed away today.
His fans and colleagues are already using the DJ Hideo homepage as a memorial, commenting:
Hideo was one of the most humblest Dj's in LA.
There was never a time I would see him spinning where he wouldn't be smiling and happy to see you.
A his quiet persona always was overshadowed by the incredible sounds he blended when he was on the turntables.
I don't think I was ever at a club and not dance if he was on the ones and twos.
We lost another great turntablist.
But his memory will live forever in my memory and I won't let you fade away.
Rest in Power DJ Hideo!! You killed it every time you was on the tables brother. [JDubs Los Angeles]
Talented DJ, amazing teacher & sincere friend…one of the rarest souls. U r truly missed. Our hearts go out 2 your family. We love u Hideo. [Shannon & Bobby Bruno]
Allen Starbury, at Baller Status has details of his illness and death:
Well known Los Angeles-based disc jockey, DJ Hideo, passed away Saturday afternoon (April 24), succumbing to complications of colon-liver cancer, which he has been battling for over a year.
He passed away at 3:22 pm “peacefully” and “surrounded by his family,” said his official website (DJHideo.com).
Hideo's friend, DJ K-Sly, was in the hospital with him on Friday (April 23). She wrote on her Twitter page (@DJKSly) that he was in severe pain and asked that doctors not resuscitate him when he goes. He asked that he had no visitors during his final hours either.
He posted a final blog entry his website early Saturday, which explained that the DJ had checked back into Mission Hospital in Orange Country, Calif. because he had been feeling weak. At the time of the post, he said his vitals were stable, but unfortunately he passed away hours later.
“Wanted to let everybody know that I check in back @ Mission hospital last week because of the weakness that I've been feeling for the past week,” the DJ wrote. “My vitals are stable and now need the assistance of a ventilator to breathe. I'm very aware of my condition and communicate in writing. … Right now, the one thing I really do miss is drinking a nice ice cold soda.”
Hideo was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in early 2009. After he learned of the news and broke it to his peers, his close-knit friends in the music biz banded together to throw a concert called “Best In the West: Operation Hideo”, benefiting his fight against cancer.
Here's DJ Hideo last year thanking his fans and supporters who attended the benefit thrown for him by The Beat: