José Padilla, the iconic Ibiza DJ known for his sets at the Café del Mar, died on Sunday, October 18. The news was confirmed by his family via his social media accounts. Earlier this year Padilla revealed that he’d been diagnosed with colon cancer. A GoFundMe was launched to help cover his living expenses. He was 64.
“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,” a message on his social media accounts reads. “Now he has gone and the sunset in Ibiza will never be the same without him, but the beautiful music of José Padilla will stay with us forever. Adiós maestro.”
Born in Barcelona, Padilla is known widely as the “godfather of chill-out.” His Café del Mar residency was the inspiration behind the popular mix series of the same name. He was an active DJ for over four decades. His first album Souvenir was released by Mercury Records in 1998; his last album was 2015’s So Many Colours.