Southwest Florida DJ dies days after announcing coronavirus diagnosis

Posted at 9:49 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 23:25:40-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Conrad Buchanan was a husband and father, and to Southwest Florida he was DJ Griff Gotti.

Buchanan shared with Facebook friends he tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday. On Thursday night, family and friends shared on social media that he died. Five days after that post where he warned people to take the novel coronavirus seriously.

DJ Malike Adigun said he lost his mentor.

“He is a legend. As far as the art, the craft, there’s nobody bigger that we could’ve lost in the DJ community,” he said.”

Adigun couldn’t help but smile remembering how his friend would respond to the one thing that drives DJs crazy!

“I know how much Griff hated taking requests from people, and he would still treat people nice,” he said.

He DJ’d just a few weeks ago at The Firestone Skybar & Martini Bar, Celsius Night Club and the beachfront resort Lani Kai. All businesses have said they’re deep cleaning their establishments.

FOX 4 received the following statement from Club Celsius owner Kip Notbohm:

“He was a great person. One of the best DJs in Southwest Florida. He was innovative. He was special. He was really special. He was beyond a DJ. He was a little brother to me.”

Adigun said as he mourns the loss of an exceptional DJ, he hopes everyone can see this as a wake-up call to protect your health.

“He warned us on his social media. If he’s telling us, then we’ve got to take it serious!” he said. “We should see this as a warning of like, let’s not play games with this thing.”

Loved ones have also started a gofundme page to help buchanan's wife and daughter pay for his memorial.

Adigun said he’ll honor his mentor DJ Griff Gotti Friday night with a virtual party on Curate Entertainment’s Facebook Live at 8:00 p.m.