Trance DJ and music producer Robert Miles has died at the age of 47.
The Swiss-born Italian musician, born Robert Concina, was best known for his iconic 1990s track Children, which topped the charts in 12 countries.
Miles had been battling an undisclosed illness in the lead up to his death, reports DJ Mag Italia.
His long-time friend Jo T Vannelli told the publication that he was “incredulous and upset” by the DJ’s death.
“The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time, makes me incredulous and upset,” he said.
“I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgements but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled.”
A number of artists paid tribute to Miles on social media following news of his death, including British DJ Pete Tong.
“Sad to hear Robert Miles passing r.i.p thanks for the music #deconstruction#classichouse,” he wrote on Wednesday.
“Shocking news about the passing of Robert Miles. #Children will forever be in the lexicon of dance music. RIP,” wrote DJ Sharam.
Following his smash hit single, Miles stepped out of the limelight in his later years, focusing on producing and launching his own radio station, Open Lab.