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 producer 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, according to the Mirror.
The 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.”
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.”