Influential DJ and producer Jasbir Singh Hayer, aka Jaz Hayer of The Kray Twinz, has tragically passed away, it has been announced.

According to a statement released by his family, Hayer had been in hospital for the past four weeks battling COVID-19. Sadly, he ultimately passed on October 19.

As The Kray Twinz, Hayer and his brother Jat were a huge driving force behind bringing South Asian culture into the mainstream. Bobby Friction described the Coventry-born brothers as “towering figures in the worlds of British Asian Music, bhangra, desi, hip hop and R&B.”

Over the years, The Kray Twinz worked with everyone from Lethal Bizzle, Twista and Mark Morrison, to Sting, Jay-Z and DMX—and that’s naming just a few. 

In a statement released yesterday, Hayer’s family wrote: “Your talent was just something else; your brain was wired like no other. You broke boundaries with your vision and are leaving a legacy that will be remembered as such. You gave 100% to anything you put your mind to and would never give up. You are and always will be an inspiration to us and many others.”

“Anybody that needed help or advice, you would be there for them,” it continued. “You could never say no to anyone. This is a testament to your values and your honour code to be the best friend anyone could ask for. You have inspired millions around the globe and there is so much of you to celebrate. We ask Jaz’s friends, colleagues and fans to celebrate his warm heart, generous spirit and humour which will be deeply missed.”

Tributes for Hayer have been rolling in since the news broke.