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Manager Confirms DJ Peter Rauhofer Has Brain Tumor

by Steve Weinstein
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

Peter Rauhofer, one of the leading DJs on the gay club scene, is suffering from a brain tumor, his manager, Angelo Russo, confirmed on Facebook:

"As Peter Rauhofer's manager and dear friend for many years, it is my sad duty to announce that Peter was rushed to the emergency room several weeks ago. After confirming that Peter had a seizure, further testing has revealed a large brain tumor, something that has gone undiagnosed for quite some time.

"At this time, Peter's family is working closely with a team of talented Neurologists to determine the overall best treatment option. Please be assured that he is getting the absolute finest care possible, twenty-four hours a day.

"I know Peter would appreciate your kind consideration and positive energy during this extremely difficult period. We will post any updates and progress reports as they become available.

"Feel free to post your condolences as well as check into this page for updates."

Born in Vienna, Rauhofer established his signature tribal sound during a fabled residency at the Roxy in the 2000s in New York City, where he has lived since 1995. Rauhofer has risen to the top of his profession. He is considered one of the "go-to" DJs for artists that have included Madonna, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Seal, Britney Spears, Nelly Furtado, Inaya Day, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and even Yoko Ono. His remix for Cher's "Believe" was his biggest hit and earned him a Grammy in 2000.

Most recently, Rauhofer has been producing and spinning at "Work," a roving NYC party, and a Saturday night Roseland Ballroom party the night before NYC's Pride march.

In March, Rauhofer cancelled a gig in San Francisco. At the time, he cited an "unexpected family emergency."

Steve Weinstein has been a regular correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Advocate, the Village Voice and Out. He has been covering the AIDS crisis since the early '80s, when he began his career. He is the author of "The Q Guide to Fire Island" (Alyson, 2007).


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