William F. Chafin, 35, a record producer and founder of the gay mag QW, died Oct. 16 at his home in N.Y. of AIDS-related lymphoma.

A native of Maryland, Chafin produced rap records for his Acme Music before starting his mag last year under its original title of NYQ for his Chafin Communications.

Surviving are his mother, three sisters and a brother.

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