Famed Ibiza DJ and producer José Padilla was recently hospitalised and diagnosed with colon cancer.

Regarded as one of the pioneers of the Balearic beat movement, the Barcelona-born 65-year-old has launched an online fundraiser after making the announcement to cover his living expenses.

In a statement on GoFundMe, he wrote: “Hola amigos, unfortunately I have some bad news. Some days ago I was taken to hospital and I have been diagnosed with colon cancer and now I am waiting for an operation.

“My situation is very bad, I am completely broken after 5 months with no income whatsoever and no way to pay my rent, so humbly I ask if you can help me with your donations. Thank you.

Famous for his sunset sets in the 1990s at the Café del Mar in Ibiza’s popular British holiday resort of San Antonio, Padilla is currently facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic and lack of touring income. At the time of writing, he has raised nearly € 33,000 out of a total of € 35,000.

On July 14th he posted an update about his conditions: “Hola amigos, I cannot answer all your kind messages as I’m very weak at the moment but right now I’m at home and having some tests in the hospital for the operation which will be in the next two weeks. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all your support. Love and music, José.

Contribute to Jose Padilla’s GoFundMe here.


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