DJ Robert Miles, best known for his smash 1995 hit ‘Children' has died in Ibizia after a short battle with cancer. Robert’s radio station OpenLab confirmed in a statement that he had passed away "after a courageous battle with stage four metastatic cancer." Lifelong friend and producer Joe T Vannelli, who released his Soundtracks EP featuring 'Children', was the first to break the news, saying: "The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time makes me incredulous and upset. I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgements but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled." Fellow artists flocked to social media to pay their respects to the talented musician, including Boy George, who tweeted: "R.I.P Robert Miles. Very sad news!"
Robert Miles sadly passed away after battling cancer
Robert shot to fame in the nineties after releasing trance record 'Children', which soon became one of the biggest dance tracks of the time, topping the charts in 12 countries. In 1997, he received a Brit Award for Best International Newcomer, being introduced on stage by Take That singer Gary Barlow and Louise Redknapp.
The popular song was a favourite in clubs, and was inspired by the horrific images of child victims of the war in Yugoslavia. Previously describing to the BBC his reaction to hearing his track for the first time, he said: "I lifted my gaze and saw a sea of hands reaching up high and a smile stamped on every face." Adding, "A girl approached me in tears. ‘What music is this?’ she asked me. I don’t think I shall ever forget that moment, when I realized that my feelings had been conveyed through my music. My dream turned into reality."
Joe added of his loss: “Children is an instrumental and dance anthem, one of the most ever loved tracks. With Robert Miles a part of my life dies with him."