Arif Cooper, a well-known music producer, DJ, and radio personality who captivated radio listeners around the world for many years, has passed away, according to numerous news sources.
In addition to the many hats he wore, DJ Arif Cooper was also a CEO at Fresh Ear Productions/AMC Music Ltd. and an event promoter with the RJR Communications Group (FAME FM). He was also a radio broadcaster for the RJR Communications Group (FAME FM).
DJ Sparks who is a friend and also a co-worker of the late music extraordinaire, shared the sad news via Instagram with the caption, “R.I.P Arif. No words, it is reported that he suffered a seizure and collapsed whilst playing at a party. He was taken to the hospital but succumbed. Condolences to the family and friends.”
According to reports, Cooper collapsed during a performance at a party in the corporate area in the early hours of Sunday morning while doing what he was so passionate about and loved, which is playing music on the turn tables. As a result, he was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Among Cooper’s many talents that brought him fame and fortune in the music industry, his father Michael Ibo, one of the founders of the third world reggae group, one of the most famous music groups from Jamaica, also contributed to the late DJ’s passion and love for music.
Since he was a child, Arif had the opportunity to experience music legends such as Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder through his father, eventually joining the music fraternity in the early 90s as a DJ.
In addition to working with some of dancehall’s biggest names, he has collaborated with Vybz Kartel, Demarco, Charley Blacks, Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn, Jah Cure, Sean Paul, Cham, Elephant Man, Aidonia and Christopher Martin, just to name a few, over the course of his career spanning close to three decades.
Check out the video below as the DJ played his last set.