Alex Omes, co-founder of Ultra Music Festival and nightlife icon, died Monday night around 10:30 p.m. at the age of 43. Details pertaining to the cause of death have not been shared.
The festival team released a statement earlier this afternoon, “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.”
Omes co-founded the now legendary festival in 1999 with business partner Russell Faibisch. Its first weekend, billed as a low-key, daytime beach party, drew just about 10,000 fans. It now draws hundreds of thousands of dance music enthusiasts and top-tier talent to Miami each year. Prior to that, Omes worked as a bouncer at Cameo and served as the publisher of D’VOX magazine, which covered the rise of Miami’s dance music culture. In 2010, Ultra severed ties with WMC, pushing Omes out. Omes in returned sued to regain control of the festival—at the time of his death, those lawsuits were still pending.