Alex Omes, co-founder of Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, has reportedly passed away at age 43.
Omes founded UMF in 1999 with Russell Faibisch, building the festival into one of the largest in the world, eclipsing the Miami Winter Music Conference that traditionally preceded the event. Despite parting ways with Ultra in 2010 due to disagreements with co-organisers, he continued to support and organise events in his native Miami, notably by bringing Swedish House Mafia to the city for several major shows in 2011.
In a statement sent to the Miami New Times, UMF officials said:
“The organizers 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.”
The Miami medical examiners office has released no further details regarding Omes’ cause of death. Meanwhile, tributes have been flooding in via social media for a man many regarded as an influential figure in the rise of dance music in the US.