DJ Ajax killed on birthday: reports

10:22am March 1, 2013
Match 01, 2013: DJ Ajax, who reportedly died in a traffic accident in Melbourne, speaks about his career in an interview at the Field Day music festival.

Australian musician "DJ Ajax" was reportedly killed in a traffic accident yesterday on his birthday in Melbourne.

The former "World DJ of the Year", whose real name is Adrian Thomas, was believed to have been hit by a truck in Parkville in the early hours of Thursday morning, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

A Victoria Police spokesman said a man had had been killed after he "ran in front of the north-bound truck on College Crescent shortly before 1am."

"He died at the scene," the spokeswoman said.

There has been no official statement to confirm the man’s identity.

Sydney nightclub Chinese Laundry, where the dance-music artist had been a resident DJ for more than seven years, yesterday wrote a tribute to him on their Facebook page.

DJ Ajax. (Facebook)
DJ Ajax. (Facebook)

"Absolutely heart breaking news about one of our long time former resident Dj's AJAX," the post read.

"Ajax was resident at Chinese Laundry for over 7 years and was a great friend to everyone here & an amazing DJ that was always a crowd favourite.

"You will be sorely missed by everyone who knew you and everyone at Chinese Laundry."

Tributes have been flowing from fans and fellow musicians across the world.

"Sending condolences to the friends and family of DJ Ajax. Respect. RIP," tweeted New Zealand DJ P-Money.

"RIP to Ajax, my thoughts are with all the Australian homies, I can't believe this. Such a warm and generous dude, a real leader," tweeted US DJ A-trak.

Ajax was a founding member of the Bang Gang Crew and launched his record label Sweat It Out in 2008.

He has played at many major Australian music festivals including Parklife and Big Day Out, and was named 3D World DJ of the Year three times.

Source: MySpace, Sydney Morning Herald, AJAX, Twitter

Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Mark Worley

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