SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento icon who revitalized much of the art world Downtown is being remembered.

Ali Youssefi passed away Saturday, after battling stomach cancer.

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Youssefi was diagnosed with stomach cancer last July, just one month after getting married. The 35-year old developer was behind the R Street Warehouse Artist Lofts.

His family tells CBS13 he was always positive he’d beat his illness. Close friends say Youssefi was so passionate about making the city a livable place for young professionals and artists.

They say he had a glowing charm and a positive impact on everyone he met.

“We respected him so much for being more than a businessman, he was really a community leader and for artists, he created a lot of opportunities for us,” said David Garibaldi.

Garibaldi, a global performance painter with roots in Sacramento, was one of many touched by Ali Youssefi.

This art studio, on a busy corner of R Street, is home to Garibaldi after Youssefi inspired him to set up shop.

“Because of him I feel more connected to this community by being here,” Garibaldi added.

Youssefi was a patron of the arts and the art community of Sacramento. Garibaldi says the city lost an icon, and he, a mentor.

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“When we have such a big voice like Ali is gone, it’s a pretty big blow to us,” Garibaldi said.

“Every person who has passed through not only the marketplace or wanted to visit R Street, that is Ali, Ali made this happen,” said Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen.

A close friend of Youssefi for almost a decade, Hansen says he credits him with revitalizing the city to welcome a younger generation and artistic culture.

Youssefi was involved in several key projects Downtown, which included developing a mixed-use building on the 800-block of K Street, in partnership with the Sacramento Kings.

In a statement to CBS13 Sunday, business partner Bay Miry said, “Ali is truly an angel who possessed a kind and gentle spirit. He contributed to the Sacramento artist community in ways that can never be replicated.”

A claim many Sacramento artists say Youssefi painted so clearly.

He was a prominent figure to the arts they’ll never forget.

“He was as good as you get,” said one artist.

Councilmember Hansen says his goal now is to continue Youssefi’s work.

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A vigil in his honor will be held at the Warehouse Artist Lofts Monday at 6 p.m.