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Demfis Fyssicopulos once remarked, “I don’t like the ‘institution’ and ‘establishment’. I like to be groundbreaking. When someone tells me ‘That’s how I’ve been doing this for the past 30 years,’ I use it as fuel to do things different. Stagnancy is the enemy.”

With that sentiment in mind, it makes sense that Fyssicopulos was one of the main forces behind the hologram of Tupac Shakur that appeared at Coachella in 2012, and that he was the Million Dollar Piano’s lighting programmer.
Demfis was just 41 when he died last year. He suffered a heart attack while surfing in California.
A fund has been established in his memory. Fyssicopulos’ sister Kati says contributions will go to his daughter Onna‘s “future education plans, as well as assist with the bills that always crop up when something unexpected like this happens.”
Kati adds, ”Demfis loved his work and was wonderful at it, but he also loved his friends and colleagues. He left us much too soon.”

For more information on the memorial fund or to donate, visit