Frankie Knuckles, nicknamed the Godfather of Chicago House music, has passed away at age 59 due to complications from Type II Diabetes.
The DJ was known for his fun music. He worked with Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, Toni Braxton, many have shared their sadness at Knuckles’ passing.
Knuckles was born in the Bronx and moved to Chicago, where his music had the greatest impact. He was known for remixing and house party music. He released quite a few albums during his career. The city of Chicago even named a street and day after him.
Knuckles was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in the mid-2000s. After also suffering from bone disease, Knuckles injured his snowboarding. He continued to DJ on his injured foot, against doctor’s wishes. He had his foot amputated in 2008. Knuckles told the Guardian in 2011, ‘When I saw it was gone I had a good cry, but when I woke up the next morning I felt 1,000% better,’ he continues, ‘I didn’t realize how much pain I’d been in until it was gone. It was like all of a sudden the sun came out.
He passed away unexpectedly in his home, confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson.