David Mancuso, the DJ behind New York club the Loft, has died aged 72, The Guardian reports. Kid Recordings owner Craig Shifty announced the news of Mancuso's death on Facebook on November 14, writing: “He will be greatly missed, but, thankfully, he left the world a lasting vibrant legacy that continues to inspire and influence countless generations of music lovers and clubbers.” A cause of death is not yet known.
The Loft first opened in 1970 and hosted club nights from other DJs including Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles, as well as Mancuso's own Love Saves The Day. The venue offered its audience, often LGBTQ people, a safe place to party away from police intervention. In 1999 and 2000, Mancuso compiled music played at the club on two The Loft compilation albums.
Tributes from the club community have poured in since news of Mancuso's death was announced. See below for a selection of the messages.