A “true pioneer" of fashion and underground music has died after a long battle with cancer.

Leke Adesoye, 57, was a well-established DJ who paved the way for many artists and made his name in the world of drum & bass, hip hop and other genres.

He was also a fashion designer, and created the Junglist Movement brand as well as his own label Aerosoul.

Leke moved to Chatsworth Road in Kilburn in his early 20s and had lived there ever since.

Last year the DJ fell while at a gig and hurt his leg. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma bone cancer five months later.

After nearly a full year in hospital, Leke died on October 10 at University College Hospital.

In a joint statement, his family said: “He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and was not in any pain.

“We want to say a big thank you for all the love and support you’ve all given Leke and his family, and also a big thank you to those who donated to his GoFundMe, it really means a lot.

“We also want to send a special thank you to the NHS staff at UCL Hospital as Leke had spent almost the whole of the last year in the hospital. Leke and us as a family could not go without their support and service.”

Leke was described as a true pioneer of fashion. His Junglist Movement brand hit the big time after the 1999 film Human Traffic featured a T-shirt worn by the Shaun Parkes character Koop.

He launched his clothing brand Aerosoul following his graduation from the London College of Fashion.

Aerosoul has since featured in many events and showcases including at notable venues such as Printworks, Ministry of Sound and Fabric.

His family said: “He was a true gentleman and very passionate about his craft. We will never forget his support, motivation and encouragement. The outpouring of tributes since his passing has been phenomenal and so touching for all of us to read.

“He will be sorely missed across the world of drum & bass, hip hop and so many other genres he promoted worldwide through his work.”

A memorial service was held on October 25 for his family and friends to pay their respects.