Miles’ radio station OpenLab released a statement saying he passed away “after a courageous battle with stage four metastatic cancer.”
His longtime friend Joe T. Vannelli also confirmed the news. “The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time makes me incredulous and upset,” he said. “I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgements but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled.”
Vannelli has fond memories of the time Robert Miles won big at the Brit Awards in 1997. We won the award for best international newcomer for the track “Children.” So far, he’s been the only Italian artist to ever win a Brit Award.
“‘Children’ is an instrumental and dance anthem, one of the most loved tracks,” Vannelli said. “With Robert Miles a part of my life dies with him.”
After the success of “Children,” Miles had a couple other hits in the UK. Both “Fable” and “One & One” made it into the top 10 on the charts. He released five full albums and created the radio station OpenLab, which focused on experimental music.
Several modern EDM artists paid tribute to the late DJ on Twitter:
Really in shock to hear the news of the passing of Robert Miles… R.I.P.
— Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) May 10, 2017
Sad news… RIP #RobertMiles…
— Ferry Corsten (@FerryCorsten) May 10, 2017
RIP Robert Miles. Children changed EVERYONE’s lives. <3
— Max Graham (@MaxGraham) May 10, 2017
RIP Robert Miles. You blessed the World with your Melodies. #Children
— Tritonal (@Tritonal) May 10, 2017
— Darude (@Darudevil) May 10, 2017
Hopefully Robert Miles’ loved ones can find peace in this difficult time.