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NEW YORK — Legendary DJ Vaughn Harper, host of radio show “Quiet Storm” has died.

He was 71.

The native New Yorker’s death was confirmed by WBLS, a station he first worked at in 1976.

“The @WBLS1075NYC has lost one of the most iconic members of our family,” the station tweeted. “RIP Vaughn Harper.”

Harper was often referred to as Mr. Velvet Voice, because his smooth voice is as personable as it is distinctive.

Harper launched the “Quiet Storm” in the early 1980s an after several stints at various radio stations, he returned and remained at WBLS until 2008.

Before becoming a radio host, Vaughn’s first career choice was basketball.

Starting as an All City High School player at Boys High in Brooklyn, recruited as an All American standout that played in the NIT tournament with his alma mater Syracuse University, then spending a brief stint with the CBL, which garnered him a try-out with the Detroit Pistons in 1968, but failed to make the team.

Fans and fellow radio stars mourned Harper on Twitter.