DJ Ajax, an Australian musician known for changing the nation’s dance scene, died in a road accident just after his 42nd birthday.
Born Adrian Thomas, DJ Ajax died instantly when he was struck by a truck in Melbourne, News.com.au reported.
“It’s believed the man ran in front of the north bound truck on College Crescent shortly before 1am. He died at the scene,” a police spokesperson said.
Thomas, who was celebrating his 42nd birthday in the hours before the accident, was part of a popular electo band known as Bang Gang.
Since the death of DJ Ajax, fans and fellow musicians have been flooding Twitter and his official Facebook page to leave messages of condolence.
“He was an icon for our industry and was always really positive. His energy was infectious,” said Melbourne DJ Grant Smillie. “He had the ability to make the most underground record cool. “It was his birthday yesterday. I only saw him two weeks ago in Melbourne at an event with Sneaky Sound System.”
A statement issued by his label, Sweat it Out, remembered DJ Ajax as “instrumental in shaping the landscape of Australian dance music. He was a hugely talented individual and was highly respected by the local and international dance music community as a pioneer and innovator. Adrian touched so many people and it is impossible to sum up his legacy in words.”Police said they don’t suspect foul play, and added that an ambulance was not called because DJ Ajax died on impact.