The cause of trance music producer and DJ Robert Miles has been revealed.
“Robert passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with stage 4 metastatic cancer over the last 9 months,” the statement reads.
“Throughout it he was strong, determined, incredibly brave and did everything he could to fight this horrendous disease.
“Robert was more than just an artist, he was a pioneer, a creator, an inspiration, a son, a father, our friend.”
Miles was born Roberto Concina in Switzerland on November 3, 1969 to Italian parents.
His hit ‘Children’ became one of the best-selling dance tracks of all time after its release in 1995, reaching number one in more than 12 countries.
He released his debut album ‘Dreamland’ in June 1996, which went platinum in Europe.
That album was Miles’ greatest commercial success, he had two further UK top 10 singles – ‘Fable’ and ‘One & One’ as he retreated from the limelight in later years with the release of a handful of low-key albums that included 1997’s ’23am’, 2001’s ‘Organik’ and ‘Miles_Gurtu’ in 2004. Miles also picked up the Brit Award for best international breakthrough act in 1997.
Miles’ musical peers came out to pay tribute to the trance pioneer with DJ Pete Tong thanking Miles “for the music.”
Armin van Buuren also said: “Really in shock to hear the news of the passing of Robert Miles,” while Chicane wrote: “I only played ‘Children’ 2 weeks ago on Sun:sets…. I wished I had written it.”
Singer and former DJ Boy George also wrote: “R.I.P Robert Miles. Very sad news!”
See a selection of tweets below.
Sad to hear Robert Miles passing r.i.p thanks for the music ?#deconstruction#classichouse pic.twitter.com/f7xsvLTBF6
— Pete Tong mbe (@petetong) May 10, 2017
R.I.P Robert Miles. Very sad news! https://t.co/AU3knJDeDV
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) May 10, 2017
Really in shock to hear the news of the passing of Robert Miles… R.I.P.
— Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) May 10, 2017
Oh wow, so sad to hear the news on Robert Miles…. I only played 'Children' 2 weeks ago on Sun:sets…. I wished I had written it. RIP
— Chicane // Nick B (@NickChicane) May 10, 2017
RIP Robert Miles. You blessed the World with your Melodies. #Children
— TRITONAL ▵ (@Tritonal) May 10, 2017
— Darude (@Darudevil) May 10, 2017
Shocking news about the passing of Robert Miles. #Children will forever be in the lexicon of dance music. RIP
— Sharam (@DJSHARAM) May 10, 2017
Just found out Robert Miles passed away. He was a hero of mine and Children is still one of the greatest tracks of all time. #RIPRobertMiles
— Timmy Trumpet (@TimmyTrumpet) May 10, 2017
Another legend is gone.
R.I.P. Robert Miles pic.twitter.com/TYLylbFl7j
— Giuseppe Ottaviani (@GOttaviani) May 10, 2017