Goa Gil, a pioneer in the music scene known for his contributions to the world of psytrance, passed away after battling cancer on the evening of Thursday, October 26, at 8:30 PM PST.
The news was made public through the artist’s website the morning of Friday, October 27, expressing sorrow for the loss. The message conveyed that Gil departed this world after a prolonged period of illness.
He was preparing for lymphoma treatment but unfortunately, his health deteriorated, preventing the continuation of his therapy. He had moved to California in February to undergo a four-and-a-half-month chemotherapy process, leading to the cancellation of his scheduled tour dates for 2023.
However, within two months of a remission in late June, his cancer “returned aggressively,” as shared in a post on his GoFundMe page.
Further health complications hindered doctors from pursuing any surgical intervention or continuing chemotherapy. Gil spent his last days surrounded by loved ones who provided care alongside his family.
Known for his marathon music events, Gil believed in the power of electronic music to evoke spiritual experiences. He hosted large-scale immersive gatherings where attendees could ‘lose’ themselves in rhythm and melody. His legacy in the realm of music and culture has left an indelible mark on the consciousness of his followers.
A GoFundMe page was established in his honor to support ceremonial monuments and his final expenses. According to the page, this includes the construction of a shamanic temple in Ujjain, India, “featuring special pujas and rituals performed by his peers on the day of his passing each year.”
Additionally, a smaller shamanic temple is also being planned at his burial site in California as “the perfect place to visit and contemplate Babaji in the coming years“.