UPDATE (05/11, 3:57 p.m. EDT): Miles's cause of death has been revealed as stage 4 metastatic cancer, having fought the disease over the last nine months. An official statement was issued by OpenLab, the online radio platform Miles set up in 2012. You can find it below.
Miles's music career began DJing for clubs and private radio networks in Italy in the 1980s, eventually establishing his own studio and pirate radio station in 1990. He went on to release trance music throughout the decade, finding chart success with the hit track "Children" in 1995.
In 2001, Miles launched his own record label, Salt Records. In 2012, he started an Ibiza-based FM and online radio station called OpenLab. His most recent studio album, Th1rt3en, was released in 2011.
Upon learning of Miles's passing, his friend Joe T Vannelli told DJ Mag Italia: "The tragic news of the passing of such a great talent and artist leaves me completely incredulous and shocked. With him, a big part of my life as a recording artist has also departed. I will miss our arguments, our fights, his judgements, but above all, I will miss his unbeatable talent for finding unique sounds and melodies."
Others have offered their condolences on social media, as well. Find some of those messages below.
Sad to hear Robert Miles passing r.i.p thanks for the music 🙏#deconstruction#classichouse pic.twitter.com/f7xsvLTBF6— Pete Tong mbe (@petetong) May 10, 2017
Dedicated to Robert Miles. Thank you for inspiring many artists and creating beautiful memories. pic.twitter.com/RJX3HVvjIe— Tomorrowland (@tomorrowland) May 10, 2017
Really in shock to hear the news of the passing of Robert Miles... R.I.P.— Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) May 10, 2017