Bay Area, CA

Tributes are pouring in for DJ Stef, a prominent Bay Area DJ and revered member of the Hip Hop community. Stef (real name Stephanie Ornelas) passed away unexpectedly on Sunday (October 1), as indicated by countless posts on social media.

El-P, Sage Francis, The Beat Junkies’ Rhettmatic, DJ Z-Trip, Lyrics Born, B. Dolan, RJD2, Doomtree’s Sims and more took to Twitter to express their condolences, a testament to her reach in Hip Hop.

Thank you @doomtree & @dianediane! #chilldummy

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Stef was the founder of Vinyl Exchange, a newsletter she started in the ’90s that documented the record collector culture. She also worked as a graphic designer, developer and writer.

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No details surrounding her death have been released at this time.

Check out some of the tributes below.