The founder of Lisbon's Lux Fragil, Manuel Reis, has passed away.

The venue confirmed that Reis died on March 25th at the age of 71 due to complications from cancer.

"Manuel Reis is dead, and today he was in Lisbon, the city he chose, the city that is now bidding farewell to one of its greatest inventors," reads a statement from Lux. "Manuel has made this city bigger, our world and our lives too."

Once named Time Out Lisbon's "Man of the decade," Reis was known as much more than a club owner. He helped transform the Bairro Alto in the 1980s with his bar Frágil, which for years was a "meeting place of artists, poets and intellectuals," Publico writes in its obituary.

In 1998, Reis opened the club that would become a cultural and creative hub for Lisbon and Portugal, regularly inviting some of electronic music's biggest and brightest—Âme, Daniel Avery, Courtesy, Mind Against and Gerd Janson played there this year. 

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