Kristopher Chupp, a beloved local DJ and Scottsdale resident, has died of COVID-19. He was 42.
Mr. Chupp was the entertainment director and the resident DJ at local Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row locations.
He died on July 12.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kris ‘DJ Steel’ Chupp,” Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row’s statement starts.
“He has been with Riot Hospitality Group since the beginning and was instrumental in developing the Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row brand and musical direction,” the statement by Whiskey Row read.
“His amazing positivity and selfless attitude made him an amazing DJ, father, husband, and friend,” it said. “He will be missed dearly, and the impact he had on our company will never be forgotten. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.”
According to a GoFundMe campaign created by his widow Jessica’s aunt April Lillard-Gomez, Mr. Chupp had been battling COVID-19 in an ICU since June 26.
“The family appreciates your respecting their privacy during this hard time,” Lillard-Gomez and Jessica wrote on the GoFundMe page. “All funds raised will go towards medical, funeral and other expenses.”
So far, nearly 350 donors have raised more than $19K of the $30K goal.
“This has been such a difficult time for Jessica being isolated while Kris has been in the hospital,” Lillard-Gomez wrote. “Please consider contributing to help with the medical expenses that are accruing as well as lost income from the shop and work.”
Mr. Chupp also owned a mechanics shop. Jessica is a high school English teacher at Mountain View in Mesa.
Family and friends continue to describe him as a “great guy” and someone who “touched so many lives.”
“Thank you for being an industry OG that was always there to help so many people along the way. You did it right. You will be missed,” Justin Gurian commented on the GoFundMe page.
“Heaven now has a rad DJ for their part[ies]. Love you, Kris Chupp,” wrote fellow Scottsdale resident and DJ Chris Birkett on Facebook.
“You’ve made so many people laugh, dance, and smile over the years, and we will never forget you,” added Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row.