MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)--- The man behind the music that many visitors loved at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa has died. 

[WATCH: Fellow organists remember performer at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa]

According to restaurant officials, organist Charlie Balogh died earlier this week from complications after suffering a stroke. Originally from Trenton, New Jersey, Balogh started teaching organ at age 11 and taught at Trenton State College.

[VIDEO: Beloved organist at Mesa pizza restaurant dies]

Balogh started playing at the restaurant in 1973. Balogh then moved to Michigan in 1976 performing at another restaurant. In 1991, he returned in Arizona with his family to play at Organ Stop Pizza. Balogh was named "Organist of the Year" in 2000 by the American Theatre Organ Society. 

"It could have been intimidating, but because he was so friendly and so approachable it was not intimidating," said Brett Valliant, who played alongside Balogh for about 10 years. "He just he made people have fun." 

Balogh's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for memorial expenses. So far, the family has raised more than $10,000. If you want to help out, click here

 


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