TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known DJ who died suddenly.
Ross Mitchell died of a bleed to the brain aged 47.
As well as his musical legacy, his rebellious personality was larger than life.Caroline Tyler
He was a popular performer in Southsea’s nightspots in the late 1980s and 1990s.
His sister, Myra Aldridge, 61, of Southsea, said she was devastated.
She said: ‘I loved him lots and he’s gone too early.
‘It was a complete shock to us all. He was fit and healthy.’
Myra said Ross, who lived in Southsea, was ‘a great entertainer’ and ‘the baby of the family’ to her and their brother Graham, who died three years ago.
She said Ross was a generous man who had signed up to be an organ donor.
‘Because he was an unusual blood group they were very happy about that,’ Myra added.
‘He’s probably saved a lot of lives.’
Ross launched his career as a DJ in 1988 and became a regular feature at the nightclubs on Southsea seafront.
He regularly played venues including the Attic at Coco’s and Fifth Avenue – which later became Time & Envy.
A long-time friend of Ross’s, Caroline Tyler, said he was at the forefront of Portsmouth’s ‘acid house’ movement.
Caroline said Ross went on to play at Langtry’s pub in the mid-1990s.
She said: ‘With his trademark ponytail, Ross rocked the place every Sunday night to a capacity crowd.
‘He had the unique gift of lifting people when they were down. It was impossible to sit out the music when Ross was on the decks.’
He went on to play at Portsmouth nightclubs Liquid Lounge and Easy Tiger in the late 1990s. Caroline said Ross’ mantra was: ‘You have to create your own sunshine’.
‘As well as his musical legacy, his rebellious personality was larger than life,’ she said.
‘Ross’ dynamic energy transferred into everything he did and his loss is felt deeply by family and friends.
‘Portsmouth just got a lot quieter but the party in heaven is just getting started.’
Ross’s funeral will take place at Portchester Crematorium on Friday at 10.30am.