Chris Nadler, a behind-the-scenes radio executive at Hot 97, died on Friday, according to his employer, Emmis Communications.
Nadler, described on his LinkedIn profile as Lifestyle Engagement Director, worked at Emmis radio station property Hot 97, the New York urban music radio juggernaut.
Word of Nadler’s death began trickling throughout the internet at around 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 25, with Hot 97 and Sirius/XM Radio DJ Juanyto tweeting:
Life is so short and not in the mood to Dj , RIP Chris Nadler… A Great friend, parent & co-worker..
EmmisMediaNY, the twitter account for the New York branch of Emmis Communications, followed up with the first notification from his employer:
Hot 97 says goodbye to a member of our family today. RIP Chris Nadler, you were a friend and mentor who will be missed by all who knew you.
— Emmis NY Media (@EmmisNYMedia) August 25, 2012
An outpouring of public grief followed, as several colleagues, past and present, including Jill Strata, Rahsaan Bascombe and Legend Factory
My heart is so heavy right now. RIP Chris Nadler.An amazing person…so talented & unique. You are missed. May your soul rest in peace.
— Jill Strada (@HOTchildNYCity) August 25, 2012
Damn RIP Chris Nadler. A genuine great spirit, always willing to help, talk to, andteach.You will be missed dearly.
— Rahsaan Bascombe(@REBLostNdaMusic) August 25, 2012
CEO: Man..I can’t even believe it. R.I.P Chris Nadler. My condolences to the Nadler family and the
@hot97 crew. Life is so short ☹ ☂
— LegendFactory (@LegendFactory) August 25, 2012
Reaction wasn’t limited to the microblogging site as Juanyto and others took to Facebook as well to spread the sad news with thoughts of remembrance. Giselle “Gigi” Carhuayano stated, “My heart is hurting..reading the news about a great co worker and wonderful spirit who I had the pleasure of doing work with..RIP Chris Nadler ..life is too short..”
Several other notables, including Funkmaster Flex, simply retweeted the well-wishes of others in a solemn nod to Nadler, who was clearly well-liked, and will be dearly missed. Big Dennis, a longtime producer and on-air personality at Hot 97, shared an image via Instagram that read: “Rest in peace to my boy Chris Nadler. I can’t stop crying man.. he was such a good man and a pleasure to work with. Hot97 was so much better because of his work behind the scenes. I will never forget my boy!!! this is a very sad night for me”
Angie Martinez, an iconic voice on NY radio, retweeted Big Dennis’ image, adding simply: “devastated. #RIPChrisNadler”.
As has become a eerie but touching way of modern technological life, Nadler’s Facebook wall, open to the public, immediately began filling up with wellwishers, many expressing the same mix of grief and kind words.
According to several public expressions of mourning, Nadler was a father, well-liked by his peers, and well respected in the music community.
Details of Nadler’s death were not immediately known, and a request for a statement directed to Emmis Communications has yet to be answered.
While we await more information, our condolences go out toward the family, friends and co-workers of Chris Nadler.