The ‘Godfather of House’ has passed away, aged 59.
Legendary DJ, Frankie Knuckles, has died aged 59.
The ‘Godfather of House’ was a pioneer of the Chicago House scene and won a Grammy Award in 1998. His death is reported to have been due to complications related to Type II Diabetes.
The DJ and producer has re-worked songs for a host of huge names, including Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. The City of Chicago even renamed a stretch of Jefferson Street near the site of the old Warehouse club, where Knuckles was the musical director, ‘Frankie Knuckles Way’ in 2004.
Knuckles was born in New York City but later moved to Chicago, where he led the way, spearheading the modern house music scene. A regular at clubs, festivals around the world, he DJ’s at London’s Ministry of Sound just a few days ago.
His close friend David Morales was among the list of celebs and fans who tweeted their sadness at the news.
I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can’t write anymore than this at the moment. I’m sorry.
— David Morales (@DJDavidMorales) April 1, 2014