Alexis Mazurin, the exuberant young voice of CBC Radio 3, died Thursday evening at the age of 27.
Mazurin was surrounded by family and friends when he died "peacefully and swiftly" in a Vancouver hospital, according to a message posted Friday on a blog started by his family and his girlfriend, Lindsay Wood.
Mazurin was "one of the most bigger-than-life guys I've ever had the chance to work with," Steve Pratt, director of CBC Radio 3, told CBC Arts Online. "He was a huge music fan and was extraordinarily plugged in to the Canadian music scene â a tireless promoter of independent Canadian music."
Mazurin had been attending the annual Burning Man art festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert in early September when he suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep. He was rushed to a hospital in Reno where he fell into a coma. He was transferred to Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital in mid-September.
Born in Penticton, B.C., Mazurin studied journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. His first job out of school in 2001 was hosting Pass The Mic on CBC Radio One. In 2002, he created the travelling radio show Out There and, a year later, joined the team at CBC Radio 3.
"Everything he's done has been very much a bleeding edge thing. He's always out there trying experimental things and pushing the envelope, trying to experiment with different forms of content. Radio 3 was a great fit for him. He did some stuff for our websites and he's done a lot of really progressive and unique content on the radio as well," Pratt said.
In addition to his hosting duties, Mazurin also helped produce and assemble programming, worked as a Vancouver reporter, and served as the voice of Radio 3 for program identification.
"It's a huge loss of his personality here but also of his talents," Pratt said.
In addition to his CBC work, Mazurin was as a comedy writer and performed locally as a member of the Vancouver comedy troupe Hot Sauce Posse. He also practised capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art.
Memorial services are being scheduled for Vancouver and Penticton, B.C. On Saturday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m., CBC Radio Two will air a celebration of Mazurin's life, featuring some of his favourite music and a selection of his stories and reports.