Yesterday, word broke out that co-founder of the Ultra Music Festival, Alejandro “Alex” Omes, had passed away at the young age of 43 at his Miami Beach home Monday at 10:37 p.m.
Alex started out as a bouncer at Cameo in the ’90s and created a magazine called D’VOX at 25 years old, which was what led him to meet his Ultra co-creator(s). Alex created Ultra with ex-partner Russell Faibisch. The festival started in 1999 as a party that was adjoined to the Winter Music Conference and then eventually broke off its association in 2010 when the event grew to be what is now one of the biggest EDM events in the world. The disassociation with WMC led to a conflict between Alex and his fellow co-founders and they eventually ousted Alex which led to lawsuits to regain control and ownership. Those lawsuits were still pending at the time of his death.
Despite being ousted and all of the pending litigation, the Ultra Music Festival PR team still paid their respects to one of their founders with the following statement:
“The organizers of Ultra Music Festival extend their deepest condolences to the family of Alex Omes and are saddened by the news of his passing. We will continue to remember and celebrate Alex for his love, passion and contributions to the Electronic Dance Music community.”
While his time at Ultra did come to an end, Alex did put together various successful events post Ultra-ousting, including the Swedish House Mafia’s Masquerade Hotel events.
Rest in peace, Alex.