Swedish DJ Eric Prydz raises $60,000 for cancer research in memory of late fan
Swedish music producer Eric Prydz dedicated two of his recent shows in Los Angeles to an avid fan who passed away due to cancer a few days ago.
Trance Hub reports that James Lillo, a fan, had requested Prydz last month to perform live in front of him for 'one last time' since Lillo was battling mediastinal nonseminomatous germ cell carcinoma, a rare form of terminal cancer. However, before the show could take place, Lillo passed away after a one-year tough battle with the dreaded disease.
In his fond memory, Prydz converted his show into a fundraiser and donated the money to Lillo's charity of choice, the Cancer Research Foundation, reports Dancing Astronaut. Bangin Beats quotes him as saying, "His battle and story have affected me deeply. Now more than ever I wish to play this event to raise money for his charity and honor his memory."
Lillo received a huge response from his fan base in the City of Stars as he raised over $60,000 from the show. He broke the news on Twitter, expressing gratitude towards the fans:
Thanks to all who bought tickets & donated for James. We raised $60K+ for Cancer Research Institute. I think we have all made a difference. pic.twitter.com/GMIFxsMHW3
— Eric Prydz (@ericprydz) December 20, 2016
Bangin Beats reports that Prydz also debuted four tracks in the memory of Lillo. His fans named those four IDs after Lillo. James' closest friends also helped Prydz in coming up with the four tracks, in their small capacities.
Trance Hub quotes Avery Weisfeld, the high school friend of Lillo, as saying, "It was honestly unbelievable, the best experience of my life. At one point after we met (Eric), we talked for a bit and he took us down to the stage. He started playing, with me and three friends in the booth, grabbed me and gave me the biggest hug and said ‘this is for James'."
Weisfeld adds that the show was "exactly as James would have wanted it."
Prydz will be making his first appearance in February in India by headlining the fourth edition of electronic dance music (EDM) festival Vh1 Supersonic 2017 in Pune.
Updated Date: Dec 22, 2016 15:27:24 IST