"Nathan was always the life & soul of the party. His energy was totally infectious, which made everyone want to be around him.”
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Legendary pioneer of the tech-house genre Nathan Coles has passed away at age 52.
According to a Facebook post by his sons Coles died on Sunday by suicide.
"Sadly Nathan, our dad, had been dealing with a severe mental health crisis which culminated in him taking his own life on the 12th of February, 2023, at the age of 52," the post read.
"We are all still in shock and can’t believe he is truly gone. But in reality, he never will be. Through the many hundreds, if not thousands, of lives he has touched, he will live on in memory as one of the funniest, kindest characters to have graced this planet. And one of the best dads myself, Josh or Jack could have ever asked. We feel lucky to have known him for as long as we did, and if only a little, at ease knowing he is free from further mental anguish.”
Coles founded legendary UK parties including Wiggle with Terry Francis and Evil Eddie Richards and Release alongside Mr C.
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The tech house sound exploded from the UK's underground scene thanks to Coles, holding down a long running, decade long residency at Fabric.
Primal Scream's bassist Simone Marie Butler led the tributes to the artist stating, "oh man, just about the passing of Nathan Coles. I spent a lot of time at the Wiggle nights and i’d search out every getfucked release from him. He was a figurehead in that scene. Huge love to his closest ones, Terry Francis, Niles Hess, Layo + bushwacka + @mrcsuperfreq very sad."
Mr C also stated that, “I’m absolutely floored by the news of the passing of my dear friend Nathan Coles. RIP brother. A nicer man you could not meet. Nathan & I go back 35 years & hit it off the moment we met. Bubbly, hilariously funny, smart, super quick whited & not a bad bone in his body, Nathan was always the life & soul of the party. His energy was totally infectious, which made everyone want to be around him.”