Frankie Knuckles Passes Away

Posted Tuesday April 1, 2014 10:40 AM GMT

He was a creative force in the house music realm and sadly Frankie Knuckles died on Monday (March 31).

The Bronx, New York native had since moved to Chicago and according to his business partner Frederick Dunson, he “died unexpectedly” at his home sometime in the afternoon.

Knuckles’ Def Mix Productions co-founder DJ David Morales shared, "I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can't write any more than this at the moment. I'm sorry."

Frankie, who was 59 at the time of his death, previously told the Chicago Tribune he loved the way house music provided a “safe haven” for people of all backgrounds and orientations. "God has a place on the dance floor. We wouldn't have all the things we have if it wasn't for God. We wouldn't have the one thing that keeps us sane -- music. It's the one thing that calms people down."

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