DJ and dance culture pioneer David Mancuso has died aged 72. Kid Recordings owner Craig Shifty announced the death on Facebook on Monday, stating: “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”.

Mancuso, founder of NYC’sThe Loft, an establishment regarded as the first underground dance venue, made his name as a champion of a different kind of 70s club scene. Dissimilar to commercial clubs, Mancuso and his inaugural event ‘Love Saves The Day’ offered an inclusive space for its members, to celebrate nightlife without trouble and potential police interference.

Dance music DJs have been taken to social media to pay their respects to Mancuso. “I’m heartbroken to say my dear friend David Mancuso has passed away,” wrote house music veteran Kerri Chandler. “I’m at a loss for words, thank you for showing me how it’s done. All the things you taught me over the years I will cherish. I will miss you, with Love, Respect and Admiration always.”

Giles Peterson took to twitter to write; “Very sad to learn of the passing of DJ David Mancuso this morning... the man defined alternative club culture.”

“RIP David Mancuso, pioneering NYC DJ from The Loft. Really sad news #LoveSavesTheDay #RiPDavidMancuso” wrote Horse Meat Disco, a collective carrying on the message that Mancuso wrote back in the 70’s.

Although the cause of Mancuso’s death is not yet known, disco lovers across the globe will be paying homage to the inspiring New York veteran, who has been widely credited for helping establish DJing as a respected and legitimate art form.

Rest in peace David Mancuso.

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