Bingo Players’ Maarten Hoogstraten announced today on the group’s Facebook page that his DJ partner, Paul Bäumer, lost his battle to cancer yesterday, December 17. The message from Hoogstraten thanks fans for their support and confirms the cancellation of gigs and events through the end of 2013.
Best known for their track “Cry (Just A Little),” which was sampled on Flo Rida’s Top 10 hit, “I Cry,” the duo rose out of the Dutch house scene with several underground tracks before cracking the global market with singles like “Cry” and “Rattle.”
Flo Rida’s “I Cry” hit No. 6 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Rap Songs charts in 2012, pushing Bingo Players to greater global prominence as crossover beatmakers with David Guetta-potential.
In 2013, Bingo Players played Ultra Music Festival and Coachella, and became one of the inaugural residents at Las Vegas megaclub Hakkasan. Bäumer announced his diagnosis in July, acknowledging his absence from live appearances but declining to go into depth about his illness.
In spite of this, the duo launched a large-scale headlining tour this fall, replete with an elaborate set designed by the Vita Motus Design Studio (Amon Tobin’s ISAM, Infected Mushroom’s Army of Mushrooms). Bäumer was not on the tour, though as recently as September he was back in the studio. There were indications he would be returning to live performances.
Perhaps the greatest tribute to Bäumer’s legacy will be from their peers. In July as his cancer had just been announced, fellow Dutchman Chuckie asked the Tomorrowland crowd to have a seat in honor of Bäumer.
As his partner, Hoogstraten said in his statement to fans, “Paul, we will miss you.”