Paul Bäumer, one half of the electronic dance music duo Bingo Players, has died after battling cancer for five months.
On Wednesday, the other half of the Dutch EDM duo best-known for “Rattle” and “Cry (Just A Little),” Maarten Hoogstraten, announced on the group’s Facebook page that Bäumer died Tuesday, Dec. 17. The message from Hoogstraten thanked fans for their support and cancelled the group’s future gigs. On the Bingo Players website, the next show was listed as Feb. 14, 2014, in Switzerland.
“Dear All, I’m deeply saddened to tell you that Paul passed away last night after his battle with cancer. He fought strongly until the end.
We want to thank you all for your support over the past few months.
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Needless to say, all upcoming shows for the rest of this year have been cancelled as we’re going through this loss with family and friends. We’ll post a longer update shortly with more information as well.
Paul, we will miss you. - Maarten”
Bäumer announced his cancer diagnosis in July but did not go into detail about what type of cancer he had or the severity of his illness, according to Billboard. However, he did acknowledge that he would be missing from the Bingo Players’ fall headlining tour.
His message from July read:
“As some of you may know, I have been in the hospital over the past few weeks and I have not been at some of the recent shows while seeking medical treatment. I now have the results back and I wanted to let you know that I have been diagnosed with cancer.
“As devastating as this news has been for me and my family, I am ready to fight this.
“From the beginning, Bingo Players has been about me and Maarten sharing the music that we love, both through our records and with you at shows. I will continue to be actively involved in all areas of Bingo Players and Hysteria Records with Maarten. But for the foreseeable future, Maarten will be representing both of us on the road, while I’ll be seeking medical treatment as well as working in the studio, taking the lead on running our label, etc.
“All shows that are planned will still be happening and we will have more tour announcements coming. For us, we want to continue to help create those meaningful and memorable experiences from our music and shows, but as you can imagine in light of this news, we need to make some adjustments and we hope you understand. As I said earlier, I’m ready to fight this thing and hope to be on that stage again with you guys in the future!!!!!
“Much Love, Paul”
After July, Hoogstraten played many of the gigs solo.
Billboard said Bäumer had returned to the studio as recently as September and “there were indications he would be returning to live performances.”
The group, which hails from the Netherlands, was best known for its tracks “Rattle,” which was remixed by Far East Movement (“Get Up (Rattle)”), and “Cry (Just A Little),” which was sampled by Flo Rida. The pair then became a fixture on the EDM scene, playing huge music-festival gigs like Ultra Music Festival and Coachella. Bingo Players became one of the inaugural residents at Las Vegas megaclub Hakkasan and scored a 2013 worldwide headlining tour.
Following the news of Bäumer’s loss to cancer on Wednesday, tributes began pouring in from the EDM scene, notably from top DJs who worked alongside the Bingo Players.
“Much respect for @bingo_players . Love their music. The world has lost a hugely creative voice. Love to Maarten, + Paul's family,” Kaskade wrote.
“really saddened to hear about the loss of a wonderful human. honored to have known him. rest in peace paul. #paulbaumer @bingo_players,” Steve Aoki wrote.
“RIP Paul Bäumer you will be missed but your music will forever live on #BingoPlayers,” DJ Pauly D wrote.
“I am so sad to hear about the passing of Paul Bäumer of @bingo_players .My heart goes out to his family and friends.He will be missed,” Tiesto wrote.
“RIP Paul of @bingo_players - "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." - Thomas Campbell,” Morgan Page wrote.
“Shocked to see the news about Paul @bingo_players My thoughts go out to family and friends of Paul. Rest in peace...” Armin van Buuren wrote.
“Take a moment of silence, one of the nicest people and most talented music producers in the whole scene passed away today, rip Paul Bäumer,” DJ Afrojack wrote.
Following his cancer announcement in July, Dutch DJ Chuckie instructed the crowd during his Tomorrowland set to sit in honor of Bäumer, Billboard reported.