David Mancuso, DJ and founder of New York City's legendary invite-only parties, later known as The Loft, has died. He was 72.
Mancuso pioneered the idea of underground private parties in New York in the early 1970s as an alternative the the city's commercial nightclub scene. After launching his first major loft party called "Love Saves The Day" in 1970, his events quickly took off and became a haven for exciting dance music in the city.
In 2005, Mancuso was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.