Dubstep DJ Cookie Monsta has died at the age of 31, his record label has confirmed.
The star, real name Tony Cook, has been with label Circus Records for a number of years and it was Circus that announced the sad news on social media on Friday (2 October).
Announcing the Me Want Cookie and Ruff, star’s death on Twitter, the post read: "Our beloved Tony Cook (aka Cookie Monsta) has left us.
"We are devastated, no words can contain our feelings on such a day.
"All of our thoughts go to Tony's family, friends and our heart especially goes out to Tony's son Olly, the Mini Monsta.
"The world will miss you Cookie, we will miss you brother."
The post ended: "Out of respect for Tony's family, we will hold off on commenting any further until deemed appropriate."
The world will miss you Cookie, we will miss you brother. pic.twitter.com/lbir8HI9AM
— Circus Records (@circus_records) October 2, 2020
The popular star’s death has hit the dubstep industry hard, and many of his friends and contemporaries took to Twitter to pay tribute.
KOVEN tweeted: "We are honestly beyond devastated at the news just shared by Circus Records, the passing of Tony, Cookie Monsta.
"He was always so much fun to be around, he had a wonderful and caring soul.
"We are so so sad for this loss to everyone that knew him. Rest in peace."
Zeds Dead responded: “Very sad to hear this. I remember first meeting him like 10 years ago in a green room and he was just calmly reading a newspaper while everyone was drinking and partying. Always stuck with me for some reason. Played out a lot of his tunes over the years. He will be missed. Rip.”
Rusko wrote: “Today will be a quiet day. This is devastating my stomach won’t stop hurting.”
MURT DONKEY posted: "Damn... RIP to the absolute legend Cookie Monsta. Another reminder about how fragile life can be."
Never Say Die Records tweeted: “The scene has suffered a huge loss today. Rest in peace Cookie Monsta, a friend and an inspiration to so many.”