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David Mancuso
David Mancuso

DJ & NYC Underground Club Legend David Mancuso Passes Away At 72

David Mancuso

David Mancuso, a DJ and founder of the New York City invite-only private parties that would be known as The Loft, has died. Mancuso, who was born on October 20, 1944, was 72. The cause of death, at this time, is unknown. One of the first major parties Mancuso threw was called "Love Saves The Day" and held in 1970. Mancuso, who played a vital and highly influential role in underground club culture, was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame back in 2005. In a post made to Facebook, Craig Shifty, the owner of Kid Recordings, announced Mancuso's passing. Shifty wrote:

"RIP David Mancuso October 20, 1944 - November 14, 2016: It is with a VERY HEAVY HEART I report that pioneering DJ and legendary founder of The Loft, David Mancuso, has sadly passed away. He was 72 years old. 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 - to both me and Jon. My heart is broken. He will be 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!!
It's always difficult to say goodbye to someone you love - someone that touched your heart and influenced your life immeasurably. However, we can continue to celebrate David's rich life through his first love - the MUSIC and at the house that he built - The Loft. See you in paradise, my friend. Be sure to save a space for me on the dancefloor. #LoveSavesTheDay"