Legendary house DJ Frankie Knuckles has reportedly passed away, with both DJ Deeon and Paul Johnson confirming the news.

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Wow, this is a major blow; Knuckles is one of the most important figures in modern music.

Knuckles was born in the Bronx in 1955, and became a disco DJ in the early 1970s, spinning with childhood friend and garage pioneer Larry Levan at the Continental Baths. In 1977, the Warehouse nightclub opened in Chicago, and Knuckles moved to the city to become its premier DJ. As legend has it, the music Knuckles would spin at “The Warehouse” became extremely popular among his regular clubgoers, who would then go to record stores to request “house” music—music spun at “The Warehouse.”

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I partied off a lot of Frankie’s music, back in my days!

In 1983, Knuckles moved from The Warehouse to his own club, the Power Plant.

Praying for Frankie’s family!!