Frankie Knuckles, one of the true legends on the dance music scene, tragically passed away in his home yesterday afternoon at the age of 59.
He was one of the leading pioneers of house music during the 70’s while holding a residency in a Chicago warehouse. Exact details of Knuckles‘ death are vague so far, with the news being confirmed by his business partner, Frederick Dunson.
Twitter has been flooded with tributes from DJs, musicians and industry figures as they mourn the death of someone that was arguably one of the most important stars in dance music.
Watch his massive Boiler Room set below.
RIP Frankie Knuckles, you will be sorely missed.
*Rest in peace Dear #FrankieKnuckles Thank u for creating House Music and having us enjoy it for all these years. You’ll live on through it!
Ã¢â‚¬” Laidback Luke (@LaidbackLuke) April 1, 2014
PEACE IN THE NEXT LIFE #FRANKIEKNUCKLES
Ã¢â‚¬” MAJOR LAZER (@MAJORLAZER) April 1, 2014
To call him the Godfather of House isn’t enough. #FrankieKnuckles was a Titan. Huge loss for the music world. https://t.co/ep2mqmCERo
Ã¢â‚¬” Kaskade (@kaskade) April 1, 2014
RIP to the house music legend frankie knuckles:(
Ã¢â‚¬” Justin Martin (@mrJUSTINMARTIN) April 1, 2014
I wouldn’t be doing what I do if it wasn’t for Frankie Knuckles and his generation of peers. So lucky they gave us House Music. So lucky.
Ã¢â‚¬” TwEats Everything™ (@eats_everything) April 1, 2014