Dusty Road, the pioneering DJ of California’s various rock station radio station KROQ-FM, has died aged 77.

The DJ died on Saturday (October 21) at her house in Eugene, Oregon, the place she settled in 2022 as she battled well being issues.

The information was shared by former KLOS-FM DJ Geno Michellini, who wrote on Fb: “There have been rumours and tales surfacing. I’ve been in Eugene the final two days at Dusty Road’s beside.

“The numerous afflictions that she has been so indomitably fighting these last years finally caught up to her. I am writing with a broken heart to say that Dusty left us tonight.”

He added that she “died peacefully, quietly and surrounded by love in a beautifully serene location overlooking the most beautiful lake you could ever want. As befitting the queen that she was”.

“There will never be another Dusty Street. The queen is gone, but she’ll never be forgotten,” he concluded.

Billy Idol is amongst artists to have shared tributes, who mentioned on social media that he was “very sad” to listen to of Road’s passing. He added: “She backed Generation X & my solo career on radio #KROQ & was one of the first to play White Wedding… we always had fun together Rock on Dusty love BFI…”

Road started her profession DJing at San Francisco’s KMPX-FM in 1967, earlier than transferring to KSAN in 1969 the place she stayed for a decade.

She took up her function at Los Angeles’ KROQ in 1979 and is extensively credited as one of many first feminine rock DJs.

Extra lately, Road labored at SiriusXM, the place she spent 20 years on the Deep Tracks channel.

The station shared its personal tribute on social media, writing: “We have lost one of our own. Dusty Street has passed away after 77 joyous trips around the sun. And yes, Dusty Street was her real name.”

Paul Wells, a former music director on the San Jose-based KSJO-FM, wrote in a social submit: “She was the Queen, and mentored many of us.”

Discover extra social media tributes for the late DJ beneath.