So sad! Paul Baumer of famed DJ duo, Bingo Players died on Dec. 17 after a short battle with cancer. The group’s Maarten Hoogstraten posted the sad news on Facebook.
Paul Baumer revealed to his fans on July 18 that he was battling cancer, but wasn’t ready to give up — however, only five months later he passed away and the duo has cancelled the duration of their shows through the rest of 2103.
Paul Baumer Dead
Maarten Hoogstraten, who has been working with Paul in the Bingo Players since they began making music in 2007, wrote the following Facebook message on the duo’s official page:
I’m deeply saddened to tell you that Paul passed away last night after his battle with cancer. He fought strongly until the end. We want to thank you all for your support over the past few months. Needless to say, all upcoming shows for the rest of this year have been cancelled as we’re going through this loss with family and friends. We’ll post a longer update shortly with more information as well.
Paul, we will miss you.
The death completely shocked fans everywhere, causing quite the outcry. The Facebook post has been liked over 60,000 times as the music world has lost a true talent.
The group’s best known tracks include “Cry (Just A Little)” and “Rattle.” Flo Rida used their samples for his songs — namely, “I Cry” which landed on the Hot 100 chart and Rap Songs chart in 2012. The duo were DJs and producers, but also owned and worked at Hysteria Records, a label releasing their singles and helping to promote from new producers.
Paul’s Cancer Battle
On the group’s website, Paul revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer back in July in a heartfelt message:
As some of you may know, I have been in the hospital over the past few weeks and I have not been at some of the recent shows while seeking medical treatment. I now have the results back and I wanted to let you know that I have been diagnosed with cancer.
As devastating as this news has been for me and my family, I am ready to fight this.
From the beginning, Bingo Players has been about me and Maarten sharing the music that we love, both through our records and with you at shows. I will continue to be actively involved in all areas of Bingo Players and Hysteria Records with Maarten. But for the foreseeable future Maarten will be representing both of us on the road, while I’ll be seeking medical treatment as well as working in the studio, taking lead on running our label etc.
All shows that are planned will still be happening and we will have more tour announcements coming. For us, we want to continue to help create those meaningful and memorable experiences from our music and shows, but as you can imagine in light of this news, we need to make some adjustments and we hope you understand. As I said earlier I’m ready to fight this thing and hope to be on that stage again with you guys in the future!!!!!
Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Paul at this time.
— Emily Longeretta