A man has been charged with the murder of popular Byron Bay DJ Chris Bradley, known as DAD BOD, who died while attending Christmas Day celebrations.
The 28-year-old “spinning legend” was unable to be revived after being assaulted at a party at a house in Carlyle Street, Byron Bay.
Police arrested a 24-year-old Byron Bay man at Ballina airport on Thursday morning after he arrived on a flight from Sydney.
It is alleged he struck Mr Bradley on the head several times. Police said all parties had been drinking and alcohol was a factor in the incident.
The two men knew each other.
Mr Bradley, who moved to Byron Bay from Sydney, was much-loved in the local dance music community and just three days before Christmas had played at a new venue RYCE.
He was a regular on local radio station Bay FM and also part-owned Byron-based artist management company, Atypical Entertainment.
Music Producer and CEO of Turban Records Taranpreet Ahluwalia described Bradley as “the spinning legend of Byron”.
His “heartbroken” sister Maddie Bradley took to Facebook to confirm his death and honour her brother.
“Chris was in an a horrible incident last night and wasn’t able to be revived,” she said.
“To say the words I’ve lost my big brother … it’s gut wrenching.
“Who could do such a horrible thing to such an amazing man.
“You lit up the room with your unique quirk personality and laugh, I’ll miss hearing it.”
Fellow DJ and Producer Thorne Nyker also took to Facebook to praise Mr Bradley’s compassion and drive.
“I love you mate,” he said.
“I promise to play your tracks in my sets till I can’t press cue and spin that jog wheel no more.”
On Thursday, BAY FM dedicated their afternoon show to Bradley by playing his favourite tracks.
The Byron Bay man charged with Bradley’s murder has been refused bail and will appear at Lismore Local Court on Friday.