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Ultra Music Festival co-founder Alex Omes dies

By | Published on Thursday 15 January 2015

Alex Omes

Co-founder of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Alex Omes, has died. He was 43.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Ultra told The Miami New Times: “The organisers of Ultra Music Festival extend their deepest condolences to the family of Alex Omes and are saddened by the news of his passing. We will continue to remember and celebrate Alex for his love, passion, and contributions to the electronic dance music community”.

Pete Tong, who worked with Omes on a number of occasions, added: “Alex Omes was a true pioneer for electronic music in Miami. As one of the founders of Ultra Music Festival, he also had a profound effect on the way the rest of North America would come to feel about the music and DJ culture we love. Ultra was the first major dance festival in the USA, and Alex was there at the beginning with his passion, positive energy, and cavalier spirit”.

It has been confirmed that Omes died on Monday evening, though no cause of death has yet been announced.