Wendy Hunt, 'Queen Mother' of DJs, Dead at 64

Monday August 7, 2017

The world of nightlife mourns the passing of D.J. Wendy Hunt.

According to numerous reports on social media, the beloved D.J., who has been a mainstay of the party circuit for decades, passed away of apparent suicide. She was 64.

Hunt's sister Kavita issued the following statement on social media Monday afternoon:

After decades of struggle and suffering - some she shared with Facebook friends, though most she endured privately - Wendy died last night. She took her own life.

For all of us, this is a tremendous loss. I cannot express all I'm feeling right now. Beyond words. You may feel similarly.

In the days ahead, we will post an obituary notice in the local newspaper.
For now, there are tears, and questions, and love.

As Wendy was of few means at this stage in her life, I will be setting up a donations page to assist in her cremation and memorial arrangements.

May Wendy's bright and beautiful spark shine in our lives. Please hold Wendy in your hearts with love.

By late Monday, tributes from her colleagues poured in on Facebook.

"Rest In Peace Wendy. Such a wonderful person and pioneer," wrote D.J. Brett Henrichsen

"Today, we lost one of our own. Rest in Peace, sweet Wendy Hunt," wrote D.J. Billy Carroll.

"Mrs. Wendy Hunt, one of the first of two groundbreaking female D.J.s who made a mark in the 70s and opened up the doors to the rest of us," wrote D.J. Morabito. "Her contribution and dedication to her art will never go unnoticed. A lovely lady and beautiful soul, may she rest in peace."

"I'm incredibly sad to hear of Wendy's passing," D.J. Randy Bettis told EDGE. "I was so fortunate to play with her as a D.J.. I was so lucky to see her joy and creativity up close. She will be missed."

A native of California, Hunt trained to be a nurse before embarking on a lifelong career in nightlife. A regular in Boston's famed Avalon nightclub, Hunt became a regular of the party circuit, headlining major events that included Winter Party and White Party in Miami, White Party Palm Springs, Purple Party Dallas and Ascension Party Fire Island Pines.

With a career that spanned over four decades, Hunt's signature upbeat lyrical sets were instrumental in turning Provincetown into a legendary gay party Mecca.