This would be one sick April Fools joke. The “Godfather of House Music” Frankie Knuckles has passed away today at age 59, as confirmed by fellow Chicago house artists DJ Deeon and Paul Johnson.
Born in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles first began DJing in New York alongside Larry Levan. He then moved to Chicago in the 1970’s to become the premiere DJ at The Warehouse, the nightclub that would birth the dance music genre “house.”
It’s still unconfirmed as to the cause of his death; having played Miami’s Ultra Music Festival a mere two days ago, he was reported to be in good health.