Tributes have been paid after it was announced that Tony Pike, the founder of Ibiza’s legendary Pike’s Hotel, has died.
The entrepreneur opened Pikes Hotel on the island in 1978, where it soon became a hub for some of the most decadent and lavish parties in the Balearic. The hotel was famously the location for Wham!’s now iconic 1983 video ‘Club Tropicana’ and for Freddie Mercury’s 41st birthday party in 1987. It remains a party staple on the island today, where it is run by Ibiza Rocks.
Today it was announced that Pike had passed away over the weekend, aged 85, following an ongoing fight against prostate and skin cancer.
“Your legend will never die,” wrote the hotel in a statement.
Many have since taken to Twitter to pay tribute.
Actor Leo Gregory added: “RIP to a man I spent many an evening chatting to till the sun came up. From my early days on the island staying at Pikes, where he got me out of a scrape or two, to the last time I saw him in December he was always full of life, love and mischief.
“His story is literally the stuff of legends and I highly recommend the book of his life to anyone.”
Anthony John Pike (Tony)
RIP. Your legend will never die x pic.twitter.com/RZKpEaSyBk
— Pikes Ibiza (@PikesHotel) February 25, 2019
RIP to a true Ibiza legend. Pikes statement to follow later x pic.twitter.com/ogXppqhV2c
— Ibiza Rocks (@ibizarocks) February 25, 2019
Check Tony Pike's cameo in Wham's 'Club Tropicana' video – filmed at Pikes Hotel ofc ? ? pic.twitter.com/EXb1VY7Syf
— Mixmag (@Mixmag) February 25, 2019
Saddened to hear the news of Tony Pike passing. Ibiza won't be the same without him. Let's all raise a glass or two in true Pikes style. RIP ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kGl9q62gsO
— 8O8Drink (@8o8drink) February 25, 2019
RIP Tony Pikes thanks for the memories ? pic.twitter.com/AU4lHCmLwv
— Louby Ren (@loubyren) February 24, 2019
RIP Tony Pike – Ibiza icon and founder of Pikes Hotel. pic.twitter.com/yfkYwh9ujX
— native (@nativeappuk) February 25, 2019
Rest in peace, Mr Pike…thank you for giving us Pikes…and for your vision! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BxSoAZFCBu
— Matt Trollope (@MattTrollope) February 25, 2019
— Jeffery-West (@JefferyWestUK) February 25, 2019
Today, ibiza has woken to hear the news that the great Tony Pike, the genius behind @PikesHotel has passed. So many stories and so much history. Even sadder as I am currently half way through his book. Rip Tony, you had a life that many could only dream of #Ibiza #pikes pic.twitter.com/1Y6BzQ9JWD
— IbizaRush (@Ibiza_Rush) February 25, 2019
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RIP to a man I spent many an evening chatting to till the sun came up. From my early days on the island staying at Pikes, where he got me out of a scrape or two, to the last time I saw him in December he was always full of life, love and mischief. His story is literally the stuff of legends and I highly recommend the book of his life to anyone. Peace and love Tone. ❤️???
In 2017, Pike published a memoir MR Pikes: The Story Behind the Ibiza Legend, detailing the story of his life on the White Isle.
A full statement from Pikes Hotel and Ibiza Rocks is expected shortly.