Popular gay Atlanta DJ Brian Beck died on Friday after apparent complications during his battle with lymphoma, shocking his fans who have taken to Facebook to express their surprise and condolences. Beck (photo), 37, was a former resident DJ at the Heretic and performed at events for gay promoters Chris Coleman and Fernando Jardim, among others, as well as fundraisers for LGBT non-profits, including the Atlanta chapter of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “He was definitely an asset to the club and we hated to see him [end his residency],” says Heretic General Manager Alan Collins. “We are just numb right now. He was just so young. It was a loss for the community. Our condolences go out to [his partner] Ken and Brian’s family. I know a lot of people are going to miss him terribly.” Coleman says he last worked with Beck in January 2010 for his Indulge series, though he also opened for some events with international DJs. His talent and large fan base helped hook Coleman on the DJ. “He always had his own following. He had roots in Atlanta and an amazing group of followers that were like groupies,” Coleman says. “I was really heartbroken to hear that. The whole thing is still just a shock.” Beck’s family posted the news to his Facebook page on Friday afternoon after scores of friends and fans turned it into a makeshift memorial to the fallen DJ.
Brian passed away earlier today from complications from his battle with lymphoma. He went peacefully and quietly surrounded by his loved ones. In the next couple of days, we'll post memorial details. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.Jardim took to his own Facebook page to memorialize the loss.
Very saddened by the passing of Brian Beck a few hours ago. He was a friend and a very talented DJ. I will miss him immensely.Beck stepped behind the DJ table for two local GLAAD events last summer. Splish 2010 drew more than 200 people to a Midtown home last June for a pool party and fashion show. In August, Beck took part in The Road to Equality, a fundraiser hosted by gay Atlanta artist Nabil Mousa.