Fans were saddened to hear the tragic news that musician Guru Josh, who became famous with his hit song "Infinity" in the 1990s (when rave culture was going mainstream), died Monday on the island of Ibiza in Spain. Now the cause of the shocking death is being reported as suicide.
According to TMZ, Guru Josh, whose real name is Paul Walden, suffered from depression and the recent holiday season had been an especially difficult time for him. Walden's manager reportedly found the artist dead at his home in Spain after being invited over earlier by Walden via email. The manager told the site that before his death, Walden had been planning to book a flight home to visit his father in New Jersey.
Walden rose to fame as Guru Josh after the December 1989 release of his single "Infinity" from the album of the same name. The song was a hit in Europe, where acid house music and rave culture was reaching mainstream popularity. "Infinity" topped the charts in Spain and reached as high as the number two spot in Germany and the number five spot in the U.K.. The song was re-released in 2008.
Fans took to Twitter to mourn the rave star's death
...and after that rave culture (even though we were too young to go). Thanks for the way in Guru Josh. Sad to hear you couldn't stay.
— Dada Life (@dadalife) December 30, 2015
RIP Paul Walden aka Guru Josh who died on Sun. Orig Infinity was class. Only dance track I know with a 5 bar riff. https://t.co/PYVaBgOWiC
— Matt Gray (@mattgrayc64) December 29, 2015
Many were quick to point out the odd timing of Walden's passing on the same day as Motorhead's legendary frontman, Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, and Specials drummer John Bradbury.
3 completely different musical artists died today. Lemmy, Brad & Guru Josh. Thanks for the music all of you. And my drum lesson Brad. RIP
— Chris Moyles (@ChrisMoyles) December 29, 2015
Guru Josh has died too? Is someone trying to stage the most eclectic festival ever on the other side?
— Isn't It Pie-ronic (@fuelled_by_pies) December 29, 2015
Walden's family is now making funeral arrangements.