House Music Icon Frankie Knuckles Died

The house music icon and ‘Godfather of House’, Frankie Knuckles, died at age of 50. He was found at his home on Monday, March 31st, as reported by his business partner Frederick Dunson. The cause of his death is still unknown, but it is however known that the music veteran suffered from diabetes.

He started his music career as a DJ in New York City in the late 1970s, before he moved to Chicago, Illinois. The music genre he was most comfortable and known for is disco and soul.


It helped him start his club scene career in the 1980s in Chicago.

He continued on with mixing global hits of the time, such as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, the Pet Shop Boys and Lisa Stansfield, thus becoming the go-to remixer of the 19080s and 1990s.

He released several of his own albums.

In 2004, a stretch of road in Chicago was named after him, Frankie Knuckles Way in honor of the warehouse club he used to run in the area.

He was introduced in the Dance Hall of Fame in 2005.

After the sad news of his death reached the public, many have paid their respects to him.

Dj Pete Tong tweeted, “R.I.P Godfather Of House Frankie Knuckles R.I.P gentleman genius groundbreaker inspiration blessed to have worked with you. Sad news.”


DJ Rob da Bank also said,

“So sad to hear that Frankie Knuckles has died… amazing DJ and pioneer”

while House superstar David Morales wrote on Twitter, “I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away… Can’t write any more than this at the moment.”


Another tweet from fellow musician Questlove read,

“Jesus man. Frankie Knuckles was so under-appreciated. He was the DJ that DJ’s (sic) aspired to be. True dance pioneer.”

Wu Tang Clan’s Twitter line read,

“R.I.P Frankie Knuckles… Peace. All praises due…”

Among many others, Roger Sanchez, house music DJ, also paid his tribute to the late music pioneer, saying,

“Yes unfortunately it is true – Frankie Knuckles has passed on today. I can’t begin to count the ways he influenced me but I will never forget.”

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