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Mark Spoon

international news _ 20th January, 2006

German Trance Pioneer Dies Suddenly

Text by Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)

Mark Spoon was found dead in his Berlin apartment this week, after reportedly suffering a heart attack. MTV Germany said police broke into his flat after friends tried and failed to contact him. He was 39 years old.

The legendary German DJ, whose real name was Markus Loeffel, achieved massive commercial and critical success in the early 90s, remixing acts including Quincy Jones, the Pet Shop Boys and Dr Alban before producing the definitive remix of Age Of Love that became one of the first trance superhits of the era. He also became a bona fide pop star in 1993 when he teamed up with classical musician Jam el Mar to form Jam & Spoon, scoring massive worldwide hits with Right In The Night and Find Me, featuring the vocals of former Shamen singer Plavka.

Simultaneously, he developed a parallel career as a techno/ trance DJ, regularly spinning at London1s seminal Final Frontier at Club UK and becoming one of dance culture1s first genuine superstar DJs.

Always a larger than life character, both physically and via his well known penchant for hard living, he was famously jailed for several days in Ibiza in the early 90s after being caught necking a couple of ecstasy pills as he DJed at Space. He also received a 3 day jail sentence in Germany in 2002, after being convicted of football hooliganism for fighting in a stadium 12 years previously.

Corvin Dalek's manager Mark Reeder who knew Mark well throughout his career told Skrufff he was "shocked but not really surprised about his untimely death", adding "I was in negotiations to get him a gig in China and spoke to him just before Christmas."

"Mark was a colourful character in the club scene and a legend in his own lifetime. We will miss him, thankfully, he's left us a legacy of truly classic tunes which will remain with us forever," said Mark.

Gigolo Records chief DJ Hell also paid tribute, telling Skrufff "we've all lost a great character and a friend."

"Everybody is shocked about this sad news," Hell added, "he will live forever in our minds."

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