THE death of a young North Queensland DJ has rocked a community as hundreds of tributes flow for the “kind hearted free spirit” who always had a smile.
It is understood 27-year-old Cory Geisler’s sudden death was due to skin cancer, with one of his friends urging his mates to “have your skin checked this week” after hearing the news.
News of the young DJ’s death spread quickly over Facebook, with hundreds of friends and community members posting tributes and memories.
“It is with completely shattered hearts, the Geisler family have to announce the passing of our very loved Cory Geisler,” Cory’s sister Brittany posted on Facebook yesterday afternoon.
“The most kind hearted, free spirit that was deeply loved by everyone that met him.
“A perfectionist, a creator, a challenger, a fighter. You are so so loved Cory James, and you will be forever missed.”
Close friend Kaine Constantine, a Townsville DJ, said he was “finding it really hard” to accept the loss.
“Having partied/worked with/known Cory has been a privilege,” Kaine said.
“I’ve never met a more motivated person when it comes to doing what they love.
“Having shared many lineups and hosting each other between Townsville and Mackay many times, You’ll be sorely missed mate.”
Cory was a regular on the Groovin the Moo line-up, playing with his beloved Th3 Catch Up, a collaboration of DJs that proved the inspiration behind his new event company of the same name.
“Music is one of my biggest passions and is something that helps me express how I feel,” Cory told the Daily Mercury last month.
“I felt like there were a lot of people like me who needed a way to express themselves without the rules and regulations that some clubs have.
“I came up with the idea of Th3 Catch Up, meaning everyone comes together to catch up, and I use that as a platform to educate people and express the music of the artists that influence me.”
The Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets shared a tribute to Cory on Facebook.
“Many in the Mackay City Centre know Cory, have worked with him or are family and friends,” the post read.
“He was a massive part of our Mackay City Centre and we wish to send our heartfelt condolences to his family and close friends. To all who have been touched by Cory’s amazing talent and kindness, we hope and pray you find some peace knowing Cory is now at peace.”
The Farmers Markets marketing manager Christine Wilson worked alongside Cory during Mackay’s biggest fashion event a few years ago, Runway at the Runway.
“I was delighted to track down this young man Cory Geisler. Together we went over some sounds, met with (local designer) Jason Chetcuti several times and we came up with some sounds, timing and beats we wanted,” Ms Wilson said.
“Orginally the organisers wanted just recorded music and I said no way we needed a live DJ. “Cory was a superstar. Without his music and mixing the sounds we wanted, that show would not have been the success it was.”
Ms Wilson said Cory would be deeply missed.
“To each and every person who knew him there will be a place in their heart forever broken,” she said.
“Many who visit the Mackay City Centre will know him from mixing beats in front of ID Dezine every Wednesday.
“That corner will be forever quiet and his spot will be forever empty.”
Since his passing, some Mackay locals have suggested Cory’s regular spot be taken over by local musicians to play in his honour.
He was remembered by many as a friendly, kind-spirited DJ who also loved scooters.
“I remember you teaching me how to ride scooters,” Brandon Weston posted to Facebook.
“I remember you always believed in my music when no one did even taught me one or two things about music too.
“You were to most kind hearted and giving person. It’s a gift just being able to say you were my friend.”
Shaun Williams said “Sending all the love I can give to you and your family. This guy was an inspiration and idol to me growing up, as well as 100’s of other kids”.
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