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Tributes flow for DJ Robert Miles

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Pete Tong and Boy George have led tributes to Swiss-Italian DJ Robert Miles, famous for the hit Children, following his death aged 47.

The trance star was best known for the dance anthem, which sold over five million copies and took the number one spot in the Euro Top 100 chart for 13 consecutive weeks.

It was said he produced the track for only 150 pounds ($A263).

Miles, who real name was Roberto Concina, had been battling stage four metastatic cancer for the past nine months according to Balearic radio station Open Lab.

In a statement on Facebook they said Miles had "passed away peacefully" on Tuesday night.

"He was strong, determined, incredibly brave and did everything he could to fight this horrendous disease," they said.

"Robert was more than just an artist, he was a pioneer, a creator, an inspiration, a son, a father, our friend."

English DJ Pete Tong tweeted: "Sad to hear Robert Miles passing. RIP thanks for the music" while Boy George wrote "RIP Robert Miles. Very sad news".

Producer and long-time friend Joe T Vannelli told the Press Association; "Yes man, (it) is a tragedy."

Vannelli said he was in "disbelief" and called Swiss-born Miles "a great talent and artist of our time".

Miles also enjoyed success with the track Fable and the album Dreamland and went on to produce music.

He was based in Ibiza, where he is reported to have died.

"RIP Robert Miles. Thank you for the inspiration, direction & courage," DJ Darude wrote on Twitter.

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