Concert promoter Alejandro “Alex” Omes, a co-founder of Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, was found dead Monday. He was 43 years old.
A Miami-Dade County medical examiner confirmed news of Omes’ passing, but did not specify a cause of death.
In a statement, officials with the festival wrote, “The organizers of Ultra Music Festival extend their deepest condolences to the family of Alex Omes and are saddened by the news of his passing. We will continue to remember and celebrate Alex for his love, passion and contributions to the Electronic Dance Music community.” Members of Miami’s nightclub elite are also sharing condolences via Omes’ Facebook page.
A native of Miami, Omes co-founded Ultra alongside then-business partner Russell Faibisch in 1999, eventually helping to grow the festival into one of the biggest EDM-centric events in the nation. Before his work with Ultra, Omes spent the ’90s working as a bouncer and as a publisher of the nightlife magazine D’VOX, which documented Miami’s then-burgeoning electronic music scene.
Omes worked with Ultra up until 2010, eventually departing from the festival after it ceased association with the Winter Music Conference. The split between Omes and Faibisch ended less than amicably, eventually leading to a $33 million lawsuit that was, as of today, still pending.
In 2011, he partnered with Emi Guerra to promote shows around Miami, including several events with Swedish House Mafia. The following year, Omes attempted to launch another festival in Miami, UR1, which at one point had booked both Kanye West and Lou Reed. The festival was eventually canceled, reportedly due to lackluster ticket sales.