The month of April has been a rough one for the music industry. A little over a week ago, Swedish DJ and producer Avicii died unexpectedly while vacationing in Oman, and the entire EDM Community is still mourning his loss. This past Saturday, April 28th, another dance music advocate has left this world: Larry Harvey, the legendary Burning Man founder, has passed away at 70 years old.
Larry suffered a massive stroke on April 4th, which left him unconscious and in critical condition. During all this time he had an unknown prognosis, as the real damage caused by the stroke was hard to determine. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.
Since the news of the stroke became public, burners all over the world were invited to share stories photos and videos of Larry on the Burning Man website. Marian Goodell, CEO and Board member, Burning Man Project, stated:
“Burning Man culture has lost a great leader and an inspiring mind. He adeptly interpreted the manifestation of what became a movement. I have lost a dear friend who I’ve known, loved, and worked beside for nearly 22 years. The loss of his presence in our daily lives will be felt for years, but because of the spirit of who he is, we will never truly be without him.
Larry would be the first to say this isn’t an ending, but the start of a new chapter, and we all have a hand in where we go from here.”
Our condolences go to Larry’s friends, family and followers. Rest in Peace, Larry Harvey.