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04/01/2011 04:51 pm ET Updated Jun 01, 2011

Don Hill Dead: Nightlife Impresario Dies At 66

New York nightlife legend Don Hill passed away last night. He was known for supporting the New York rock scene and played host to all types of people for over twenty years at the now defunct '80's East Village dive The Cat Club and his eponymous Greenwich Street bar.

Don was a nightly fixture--hanging near the corner of the bar, walking through the crowd, standing outside near the smokers, always quietly looking on.

Some on Twitter say he died at home, while others are claiming he passed at the hospital around 7 p.m. last evening. Those who knew and worked with him are exuding their lament:

@murray_hill: Saddened to hear about NYC nightlife legend Don Hill. End of an era. A stand-up guy through & through.

@thelittleidiot (Moby): "My friend don hill has passed away. He was such a gracious and decent man. Its the end of an era. We will miss you, don. Goodbye."

@TheRealMissGuy: RIP Don Hill. Nicest person in nightlife history & my friend xx

@THEMISSHAPES: "RIP DON HILL...a true nyc legend, mentor & friend. we will forever remember ur kindness, generosity, humor, support & above all our many."

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