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Peter Rauhofer dies of brain cancer at 48; popular DJ had rocky history in South Florida

From celebrity DJ Peter Rauhofer's Facebook page:


Today the music industry has lost one of it's true heroes.

With a heavy heart I must now report that Peter Rauhofer has lost his battle with brain cancer.

He passed quietly today and is survived by his mother, Helga, who resides in Austria.

She will transport Peter back home to his final resting place there, but to all that knew Peter, his heart will always be in New York City.

It makes me sad, not only that I have lost a friend, but that the world has lost an amazing talent and that future generations will never get to understand the magic that Peter created night after night all over the world.

He is gone too soon but we will always have the vast body of music that Peter left for us.

Through his music, Peter will live forever. The brightest stars always burn out too soon. Peter, you were loved and you will be terribly missed. Goodbye my friend. Please rest in peace knowing that you have brought so much joy to so many of us. I ask that his true fans keep his legacy alive by sharing his music with anyone who may not have had the opportunity to experience it for themselves.

Rauhofer's manager, Angelo Russo, posted April 17 on Facebook that doctors discovered a large undetected brain tumor after the DJ suffered a seizure.

Rauhofer had been scheduled to perform several days before at Urge, a sanctioned Miami Beach Gay Pride event, but illness forced him to withdraw.

The popular DJ had a rocky history in South Beach. Three years ago, local gay activists protested a Rauhofer show held during Winter Party weekend at Mansion.

imageThe protesters, led by Care Resource Executive Director Rick Siclari, told Mansion patrons that for a second consecutive year Rauhofer competed for gay tourist dollars by counterprogramming against a Winter Party event that raises money for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and gay nonprofits throughout South Florida.

Rauhofer also had programmed parties that competed with events run by Siclari’s HIV/AIDS service agency during its annual fundraising White Party Week in November.

Rauhofer declined to comment at the time, except for a short message sent to The Miami Herald via Facebook: ``Sorry, I will be unable to attend this protest due to a prior engagement. Maybe next time.''


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Are you kidding me?!
You write something negative about a man who died today concerning an event that happened 3 YEARS AGO. Seriously? This is news to share with the mention of his death?

I would never have seen this if you were not listed at the top of Google when I searched Peter's death. I am so sad someone like you exists and that people are exposed to this pettiness unknowingly!

May Peter have a smooth transition to his next journey. You kept us happy, energized and on the dance floor. Tear drop.

I own a StopPeter shirt.

Honestly Gsfla you should be ashamed of yourselves... Posting something so negative about a person who has just died?? I will never check your site again.

I am a Peter Rauhofer fan, big time. I also find this to be pretty damn tasteless... And if you're going to go there, I expect you to tell us more about the money actually goes that is raised at White Party Weekend... You don't dare do that, eh?

Peter Rauhofer was a talented DJ, and the loss of any human life is tragic. He surely had good qualities, and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

At the same time, I must defend Steve Rothaus and say that I completely agree with the focus of this article. Peter Rauhofer actively undermined the hard work of the nonprofits that produce fundraising events for the LGBT community of South Florida. Rather than work with these charities to make their events successful, Peter chose to capitalize on the crowds the events drew, and then compete with them. Once Winter Party announced its dates, for example, Peter would swoop in and book a big nightclub, disingenuously calling his event, "The Main Event." His events were not charitable in nature; they simply lined his own pockets. (Once, he tried to say he was donating a portion of his proceeds to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. When contacted, the folks at the Elton John AIDS Foundation disavowed any ties to Rauhofer.)

In essence, Peter thumbed his nose at the volunteers, donors and sponsors who work hard to make our community events financially successful. His competing events took away dollars from charitable organizations--money that would have been used for HIV prevention and treatment, or to help LGBT young people, or to fight for equality and justice under the law. At times, Rauhofer and some of his followers lied and made slanderous remarks about the nonprofits he competed with in an effort to justify his actions.

I didn't know Peter, and I never met him. I have it on pretty good authority that he was a meth user, which might explain some of his antisocial behavior. And let's be honest: It's entirely plausible that meth played a role in the development of his brain cancer. I say that not to gossip, but as an object lesson for anyone who might not yet realize that meth use is dangerous.

Having said all that, I personally have no ill will towards Peter. I know some of the people who'll read this were big fans of his, and some were his friends. I am truly sorry for your loss. I say this sincerely: May Peter Rauhofer rest in peace.

This is Response to Derek! You have a good source to say Peter was a meth head? That's absolute malice and slander. While everyone knows the gay scene is loaded with drugs, meth, K, coke, ecstasy. But let me tell you sir, having hung out with Peter before shows, during shows in the DJ booth, and after, I have NEVER seen him smoke, snort, inject any drug. Peter once asked me for an Advil! Real hardcore. So you should be ashamed making that accusation without fact, and unless you are his Dr, who the hell r u to correlate anything to his brain tumor. Talk about tacky and cheap, your comment goes above and beyond. Peter as I witnessed kept a clear head while Dj'ing. Never once did I see him use, never seem him appearing intoxicated- hell he didn't even drink alcohol when mixing. I know cause i used to get him water or most, a soda. So go back to your source and advise him or her that they need to shut up, because you are slandering a man that showed no interest in drugs.

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