Sunday, 22 December 2013

Paul Bäumer has died after battling cancer for five months

Paul Bäumer, one half of the electronic dance music duo Bingo Players, has died after battling cancer for five months. On Wednesday, the other half of the Dutch EDM duo best-known for “Rattle” and “Cry (Just A Little),” Maarten Hoogstraten, announced on the group’s Facebook page that Bäumer died Tuesday, Dec. 17. The message from Hoogstraten thanked fans for their support and cancelled the group’s future gigs. On the Bingo Players website, the next show was listed as Feb. 14, 2014, in Switzerland. “Dear All, 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. - Maarten” Bäumer announced his cancer diagnosis in July but did not go into detail about what type of cancer he had or the severity of his illness, according to Billboard. However, he did acknowledge that he would be missing from the Bingo Players’ fall headlining tour. His message from July read: “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 the 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!!!!! “Much Love, Paul” After July, Hoogstraten played many of the gigs solo. Billboard said Bäumer had returned to the studio as recently as September and “there were indications he would be returning to live performances.”

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