Dubstep DJ Cookie Monsta has died aged 31.
The star’s death was confirmed by his record label Circus Records, with a statement saying they were ‘devastated’.
A statement read: ‘Our beloved Tony Cook (aka Cookie Monsta) has left us. We are devastated, no words can contain our feelings on such a day.
‘All of our thoughts go to Tony’s family, friends and our heart especially goes out to Tony’s son Olly, the Mini Monsta.
‘The world will miss you Cookie, we will miss you brother.
‘Out of respect for Tony’s family, we will hold off on commenting any further until deemed appropriate.’
Musicians, record labels and fans shared tributes on social media following the news, with Never Say Die Records tweeting: ‘The scene has suffered a huge loss today. Rest in peace Cookie Monsta, a friend and an inspiration to so many.’
Producer Downlink wrote: ‘I remember passing tunes back and forth on the dubstepforum back in the day.. a true OG and pioneer of the dirty dubstep sound has left us. RIP Tony Cookie Monsta.’
And Kai Wachi tweeted: ‘Devastated. When I was young I actually hated dubstep – until I heard Cookie Monsta. His music watered a seed of passion for bass music that I didn’t know I had. It forever changed my life, and ultimately lead me to the success I am so lucky to have. Rest in paradise king.’
The Nottingham-born DJ was best known for tracks including Ruff and Blurgh and was a veteran performer on the worldwide bass scene, having performed at Glastonbury and the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
Last year, Cook took a break from performing to focus on his mental health, writing on Instagran in May: ‘For the past year I’ve been struggling with mental health issues, over the recent weeks and months this has become harder than ever. I’ve not been online recently as I’ve been trying to work through my problems away from the glare of social media.
‘Unfortunately I’ve not made as much progress as I’d hoped, so I’ve decided that I need to take a longer break from the scene.’
Cook resumed his career that August after taking ‘time to heal’, telling fans he felt like he was ‘in a better place’.
His final Instagram post came in August, as he promoted remixes for the song Show Me.
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