Cult DJ Mighty Mouse has died ‘suddenly’ at his Spanish home from an apparent aortic aneurysm.
Matthew Ward, the 48-year-old producer, was a pioneer of the UK’s house and disco movement in the 2000s.
His death was revealed last night by his label, Defected Records, who said he leaves behind his partner Ellen and mother Judy.
Their post said: ‘We are devastated to confirm that Matthew Ward aka Mighty Mouse, died suddenly last Thursday at his home in Spain.
‘We are all lost without his enormous presence and talent.
‘Our thoughts are with his partner, Ellen, and his Mum, Judy, as well as his wider family and many, many friends and fans.
‘We would ask you to please respect the family’s privacy at this terrible time.’
The international DJ made a name for himself with his critically acclaimed Disco Circus mix series.
He has since been a regular on BBC Radio 1’s dance shows and has collaborated with major DJs including Groove Armada, Pete Tong, Craig Charles, Andrew Weatheral and Dimitri from Paris.
Mighty Mouse posted about new music he was planning to release just two days before his untimely death.
This Saturday, the DJ is also scheduled to perform at a Halloween party in Newcastle.
Tributes have been pouring in for the star since his death was announced from fans and fellow DJs.
Popular DJ Mele, whose full name is Krissy Peers, said: ‘Always the best vibes with him. RIP bro.’
Producer Little Louie Vega added: ‘A very kind human being and talented. We had a wonderful chat a few months ago in the UK in the green room at the club we both played. Rest in peace.’