Famed Spanish DJ José Padilla, who was known internationally for his downtempo chillout sunset sets at Café del Mar in Ibiza in the ’90s, has died at the age of 64.
According to a post shared on Padilla’s Facebook, he succumbed to colon cancer.
Hola amigos. It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that José passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night here on his beloved island of Ibiza. His family and friends would like to say thank you to everybody who sent donations and messages of support to help make his last few months easier, and to all the staff of Can Misses Hospital for taking care of him until the end.
Now he has gone and the sunset in Ibiza will never be the same without him , but the beautiful music of Jose Padilla will stay with us forever. Adiós maestro … x
Padilla was born in Barcelona and moved to Ibiza in 1975. He began his residency at Café del Mar in 1991 and drew an international reputation for sets that included ambient and chillout music.
In addition to mixing six well-received Café del Mar mix CDs, Padilla toured and released his own original music.
RIP Jose Padilla. Thank you for the music. X
— X-Press 2 (@xpre552) October 19, 2020
Rest in Paradise, José Padilla. 🙏
Thank you for everything you did for Ibiza, and beyond. You will stay with us forever…
Adiós, maestro. 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/zofzZoL9f7
— Defected Records (@DefectedRecords) October 19, 2020
José Padilla chilled a generation of clubbers and his art touched the lives of millions. He will always be remembered as the Godfather of Chillout, creator of Café del Mar compilations, and true Ibiza Legend. 🌅 pic.twitter.com/KRtMluYkQv
— Café del Mar (@CafedelMar_Ibz) October 19, 2020
Rise in power. José Padilla. Iconoclast. Innovator. The grandaddy of chill out. Now an ancestor. pic.twitter.com/B5iyHMFXAG
— The Cursed Madonna (@Blessed_Madonna) October 19, 2020
Rest in eternal sunset paradise Jose Padilla I’m so thankful for the sunsets into sunrises that we shared pic.twitter.com/6kwm3houZn
— DJ Heidi Lawden (@DJHeidiLawden) October 19, 2020