‘Craig will leave a gap in so many people’s lives’ - Tributes paid to popular Norwich man DJ Craggle

Craig Johnson (right) with his little brother Tom. Picture submitted by Deb Banham.

Craig Johnson (right) with his little brother Tom. Picture submitted by Deb Banham. - Credit: Archant

Tributes have flooded in from friends of a popular Norwich DJ and gay pride advocate whose 'smile and infectious personality raised the mood in any room'.

Craig Johnson, of Norwich, was known throughout the city's nightlife and LGBT community for being a 'lovely caring guy' who was passionate about helping others.

Since his death, hundreds of photos, memories and tributes have been left on a Facebook page set up in his memory and now some of the people closest to him have set up a JustGiving page to raise money for local mental health charities.

An Aviva employee, the 24-year-old - known in his industry as DJ Craggle - was found dead at his home by police on February 1, after calls were made about his welfare.

Friend and colleague Amy Cannings said: 'There are not the words to say how much Craig will leave a gap in so many people's lives he touched. [His] smile and infectious personality raised the mood in any room and I know there are so many that cared for him dearly and will miss him. Rest in peace.'


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Another friend, Karen Hunter, added: 'Remembered as a lovely caring guy. Please all donate.'

Craig, who started DJ'ing at the age of 15, was a resident DJ at The Loft, on Rose Lane, and The Qube, based on Prince of Wales Road, both in Norwich.

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He began his music career in a small pub with a friend and, after gaining more experience, he eventually went solo. When he moved to Norwich he began working in nightclubs across East Anglia with top DJs such a Glenn White from Vibe and Kiss FM.

Close colleague Jezza King, who also works as a DJ in the city, is organising a tribute balloon release for the city to come and pay their final respects to Craig. Mr King has also set up a JustGiving page to raise £2,000 for local mental health charities in his memory.

'The DJ family, we look after each other,' he said. 'Craig was a young lad and I think he looked up to me and came to me for advice - we had mutual respect for each other. It's sad to see a young lad go through this.'

More details about the tribute balloon release and future fundraisers can be found via the Facebook group.

- Visit the Just Giving page to donate.

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