Miami New Times writer Francisco Alvarado reports that onetime South Beach club icon Gilbert Stafford died on New Year’s Day in Los Angeles:
Miami's nightlife industry is mourning the loss of Gilbert Stafford, who passed away yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 57-years-old.
During the '90s and early part of the decade, Stafford played a prominent role in South Beach clubland, manning the velvet ropes to the only parties that mattered.
Top photo: In 1998, doorman Gilbert Stafford, center in black, decides who will stay and who will go into the hip South Beach club, Chaos. DAVID BERGMAN / Miami Herald File
Portrait: Stafford in 1998. PETER ANDREW BOSCH / Miami Herald File