Legendary DJ Frankie Knuckles, “The Godfather of House Music,” Dead At 59

31935-95810Several sources are reporting that DJ Frankie Knuckles, one of the pioneering figures in modern dance music, is dead at age 59. The official cause of death hasn’t been determined, but some reports suggest it was from complications related to Type II Diabetes, according to NY Daily News.

After making a name for himself at New York’s legendary Continental Baths in the early 1970s, Knuckles moved to Chicago to spin at The Warehouse where he quickly became the city’s preeminent DJ.  “House” music eventually evolved into its own genre, and Knuckles’ name became synonymous with the vibrant Chicago sound. Knuckle’s soon became known as “The Godfather of House Music.” He reworked music by Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and other important musicians and won a Grammy Award in 1997 as Remixer of the Year.

More to come as story develops.

Watch the video for his anthemic “The Whistle Song” below.

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  • Mezaien

    How nice! he is something really great.

  • Ms Urethra Johnson

    Hopefully, just a really BAD taste April fools…

  • DistingueTraces

    It’s been reported in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Ms Urethra Johnson


  • niles

    not another one

  • Cam

    Can I be REALLY gay here for a second?

    Just a creepy coincidence that on the Episode of AB Fab where Patsy’s sister came to visit I think they were going to go out to a party where Frankie Knuckles was DJing. (Or am I misremembering that episode?)

    Now the woman who played Patsy’s sister, and Frankie Knuckles died a few days apart. I’m thinking that Saffy finally lost it and may have killed them.

  • Cam

    @Ms Urethra Johnson:

    Didn’t even think of that! you may be right, I hope you are.

  • money718

    Type II diabetes at 59?

  • Kieran

    Sad news. Was he gay?

  • Kangol

    So very sad! He was one of the best DJs of all time. RIP, mix master Frankie Knuckles!

  • JennyFromdabloc

    LEGEND! Thanks for the music and memories, Frankie. XO

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