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An Australian DJ was reportedly found dead at his home in the Netherlands on Saturday where he's spent the last nine years building a career as a DJ and producer of hardstyle music.
Delete, whose real name was Ryan Biggs, was 30 years old when he died suddenly, just weeks after he posted on social media from a festival, saying he was 'rising from my grave'.
The cause of Mr Biggs' death has not been confirmed, but local media reported that police are not treating it as suspicious.
Two weeks ago, Mr Biggs made his last ever post on Facebook, telling his fans he was 'grateful' for their support.
"My rebirth process has begun!" he wrote, referring to the Rebirth Festival where he performed in April.
"I’m so grateful for all my fans that have stuck with me the past few years while I was silent. I’ll make sure it was worth the wait."
A week prior, he posted a photo of himself on stage.
"Rising from my grave to tear sh!t up at Rebirth!" he wrote.
"This was foreshadowing!! RIP ma dude," one fan wrote.
"This caption...." another said with a sad emoji.
Ongoing battle with depression
The popular DJ has openly discussed his struggles with depression in recent years and has even cancelled shows when he was in a bad mental state, it's been reported.
His step mum Annmaree said the last few years "have been tough on Ryan", with lockdowns negatively impacting his mental health.
But "he gave it everything he had for his fans," she said on a GoFundMe page set up for the DJ, adding: "we're so proud of him."
"We are so devastated to wake up to this absolute shattering news that our beloved Ryan has passed away. It's been hard knowing he is a world away from us in Holland," she said.
In March 2021, Mr Biggs reportedly revealed the past seven years had been "tough". He said he suffered a number of "tragic events" in 2013 – the year he moved to Europe.
"My struggle with depression, anxiety and other mental problems have gotten worse every year for the past few years," he reportedly wrote on Facebook.
"The depression I had never really went away... it turned dark again ever since my album at the end of 2018."
He went on to say that depression is "debilitating" and makes even simple things "much more difficult".
Depression "has taken away my ability to accomplish anything meaningful", he said at the time, adding he's been struggling to complete his music.
Mr Biggs reportedly felt overwhelmed by his workload. As his fanbase rapidly grew, so did the demanding nature of his work which led him to seek "psychological help" as well as start medication, he said.
"I want to thank you for your support over all these years and being patient with me," he said to his fans.
"The one thing that has kept me going is the love and support I get from you guys, and my colleagues/label(s)/agency, who also have been great."
Fans pay tribute to music 'legend'
The musician has garnered over 67,000 followers on Instagram, many of whom were shocked and saddened by his death, which was shared on his social media page on Sunday.
"Mental health is no joke. Hope you're feeling better. We love you," one fan said.
"It was too early for you to leave, you touched many people's hearts with your music and we will miss you. We lost an Australian hardstyle Legend today."
His stepmother is hoping to raise money to help bring his body home.
"We need to get him home to lay him to rest.. and give him the funeral that he deserves to celebrate his life as a family and start healing," she wrote online.
"Please help us get Ryan aka 'Delete' back to his family and home where he can rest in peace."
DJ Delete is best known for his hit 'Payback ', which featured MC Tha Watcher. Released in 2018, it's racked up almost two million hits on YouTube and eight million on Spotify.
The popular DJ has performed at some of the world's largest hardstyle events including Defqon.1, Decibel, QAPITAL, Loudness, Q-BASE, Dominator, Masters of Hardcore, Hard Bass, and Supremacy.
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