DJ Stu Allan dies aged 60: 90s dance music legend passes away after battling cancer for almost a year
DJ Stu Allan has died aged 60 after an almost year-long battle with cancer.
The nineties dance music legend’s death was announced on social media on Thursday in a heartfelt statement.
The message, shared to his Facebook read: ‘It is with much sadness that we write this message to let you know that Stu has passed away today.
Rest in peace: DJ Stu Allan has died aged 60 after an almost year-long battle with cancer
‘As you know, he has been ill for a while now, and has been battling cancer for almost a year.
‘While we’re so sad he is no longer with us, we are relieved he is finally at peace, after his illness.’
The statement continued: ‘We will be holding a memorial event in Stu’s memory sometime soon, where we can all celebrate his amazing life.
‘But for now Alison, Paul, Gary and Stu’s family need time to come to terms with their loss.
Passed on: The nineties dance music legend’s death was announced on social media on Thursday in a heartfelt statement
‘Please feel free to leave a comment below and tell us how you knew Stu, and what memories you have of him.’
A similar statement was also shared on Twitter, with both announcements featuring an animated photo of the Manchester-based DJ doing the job he loved.
Following the news of Stu’s death, a host of fellow DJ’s and musicians took to Twitter to share their grief over his passing.
So sad: The message, shared to his Facebook read: ‘It is with much sadness that we write this message to let you know that Stu has passed away today’
Friend Within penned: ‘Stu Allan was one of the earliest names I ever remember in dance music. What a pioneer of the scene and Northern legend.’
John Brewin wrote: ‘Very sad. Stu Allan is the first radio DJ I heard play rap, house, r&b and rave music from the mid-1980s onwards. Those of us who listened to Piccadilly and Key 103 were privileged to hear such a pioneer. He had a great deep voice for radio. Some comedy catchphrases, too.’
‘He was my inspiration to be a DJ. I got fake ID when I was 15 to see him play & I listened to his Key 103 shows religiously. They say never meet you heroes but with Stu that wasn’t true. RIP Stu and thoughts with your family’ shared Anton Powers.
Tributes: Following the news of Stu’s death, a host of fellow DJ’s and musicians took to Twitter to share their grief over his passing
While Mark Breeze added: ‘What a lovely bloke and great DJ, listened to you from Amnesia house, Bowlers and Key103.’
Meanwhile, a plethora of fans and music lovers reached out to express their sorrow over his death.
One person wrote: ‘Absolute legend, a massive loss to the music and raving world.’
A second upset music fan added: ‘Gutted. So sad to hear this. RIP Stu.’
Condolences: Meanwhile, a plethora of fans and music lovers reached out to express their sorrow over his death
‘I’m gutted. His mixes were a sound track to my youth. RIP Stu’ tweeted a third.
With another adding: ‘Very sad news indeed. Great nights and memories at various clubs thanks to Stu.’
Stu was a fan favourite among the 1990s rave scene and worked at Piccadilly Radio and Key 103 in Manchester throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
The DJ was a pioneer of dance music in the North of England, while his popular music mixes of house, hip hop, hardcore earned him the ranking of No.3 DJ by DJ Magazine in 1993.
Update: The DJ had been open with his fans about his cancer battle, with Stu sharing an image of himself receiving treatment in hospital
Stuart began DJing back in 1982 and between 1984 and 1986 his mixes and remixes were played Piccadilly Radio and featured on a number of shows including those of Chris Evans, Timmy Mallet and Tim Grundy.
Stu, who was also part of Eurodance act Clock, continued to be a force on the UK Old Skool house and hardcore music scenes, with gigs and festival bookings set for later this year.
The DJ had been open with his fans about his cancer battle, with Stu sharing an image of himself receiving treatment in hospital.
He penned: ‘ Just a bit of an update for the nosey crew
‘This was me earlier in the week on my next road to recovery receiving ‘treatment’ due to a rare GIST. Please bear with me – some days I’ll be fine and some other days I’ll feel a bit sh*t but it’ll be ok Thanks for your concern.’
Stuart leaves behind wife Alison, whom he married in 2015.
Tragedy: Stuart leaves behind wife Alison, whom he married in 2015 (pictured together in an anniversary post Stu shared last year